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Donations roll in for Knauf charity events

Donations roll in for Knauf charity events

Knauf employees have amassed over £3000 (including gift aid) for its charitable partner, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW), after completing the Cumbrian Challenge and the Survival of the Fittest events this year.

With the Windsor Half Marathon next on the agenda, we thought we would share how our teams have performed so far.

Four seasons for a great cause in Cumbrian Challenge

It was four seasons in one day for the 15 Knauf employees and three WWTW beneficiaries, who braved the elements during the Cumbrian Challenge in May.

Thundering rain, debilitating fog, swirling winds and vibrant blue skies, they encountered it all as the three Knauf teams battled their way across the tough terrain to reach the finish line.

This was the first of many charitable events on the 2017 Knauf calendar, kicking off the partnership between Walking With The Wounded and Knauf.

Cumbrian Challenge team member, Service Management System Administrator at Knauf, Stuart Elliott, adds: “It was an amazing opportunity for all of us to take part and complete WWTW’s 5th Cumbrian Challenge, the organisation’s flagship annual event in the Lake District. But taking part was only half the challenge and our fundraising efforts have helped WWTW raise more than £140,000 from this event alone.”

On the weekend of May 12-13th he joined more than 500 other walkers attempting to navigate the 31km and 2,000m of the peaks of Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield and Great Rigg in the Lake District. It was a tough ask for many at Knauf who don’t regularly participate in events like this one. Weather made the challenge even harder with the ever-changing conditions making for an interesting trek. At one stage visibility was cut to 5 metres with low lying cloud and mist descending over the mountainside.

Eventually the weather cleared, offering a bit of respite from the elements. It also gave the opportunity to witness some of the best views this country has to offer.

To add a little more excitement to the weekend the Knauf team started a little guessing game on how many footsteps it would take them to complete the challenge. Some guesses were in the lower region of 20,000 with some stretching to 80,000. Correct guess? 50,000. Taking this one step further and for a laugh, they put odds on how many steps Dave Sharp’s dog Barnaby would take and everyone was surprised to see him clock up a massive 65,000 steps.

Stuart adds: “It was a pleasure to share this experience with the three WWTW beneficiaries as part of the Knauf charitable partnership with WWTW for 2017.  One of those, Sean, joined our team for the adventure.”

Sean served as a Gunner in the 26th Regiment Royal Artillery for six years, leaving the Army in January 2014. In 2013, whilst still in the Army, Sean was diagnosed with mild to moderate hearing loss and tinnitus which was service-related although not related to his discharge.

He points to the direction and support provided by WWTW for getting him back on his feet, into employment and is now working as a mentor for others in his situation.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way, including everyone who gave up their time and those who donated to such a worthy cause,” Stuart said.

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Survival at its finest

More than two dozen obstacles awaited the eight Knauf employees who braved London’s Survival of the Fittest event in July, including the infamous Men’s Health Wall of Fame, the Hay Bale Scramble and the Army Assault Course.

WWTW’s Sean Cook and Dom Hardy joined the Knauf teams in an effort to raise further funds for the charity. Joining them was Knauf Business Development Manager, Graham Chenoweth who said it was a great opportunity to see what their fundraising efforts were going towards.

“Sean and Dom are absolute top blokes and a credit to the fantastic charity. We spoke for about 10 minutes before and they both explained some real life experience and how there is a gap between life as a soldier and civilian life,” Graham said. “In my opinion, this is something that we all need to make sure is an easy transition.”

Next up on the Knauf charity events calendar is the Windsor Half Marathon where another eight employees will run the 13.1 miles for WWTW.

To support the Knauf teams, please visit the fundraising page at: knaufwindsor


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