Connect Group PLC employees conquer the Brecon Beacons at TrekFest 2014

Tuesday 10th June 2014

On Saturday 7 June a group of employees from Connect Group PLC completed TrekFest, a challenging 32 mile walk over the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, to raise money for a variety of local and national charities.

To say TrekFest is tough is an understatement – and it certainly tested the fitness and stamina of everyone taking part. Crossing some of the highest peaks in the Brecons, the trekkers completed the 32 mile hike in just 12 hours – through heavy rain and some very thick mud! This was a fantastic achievement for all, but for some it really tested their physical and mental endurance.

Mark Silver, Web Content Manager at Connect Group, has been raising money for the National Literacy Trust. He reflected on his walk:

“It certainly was no cake walk! The climb to the top of Pen y Fan was challenging for even the most experienced trekkers, but the view from the top made it all worthwhile. We were blessed with perfect walking weather, until the heavens opened two miles from the finish line – where there was champagne and, of course, cake!”

There were over 800 people taking part in the walk, with Connect Group providing the second largest number of applicants – 26 members of staff from all areas of the Company took part. So far they have raised over £7500 between them for a total of 9 different charities.

Natasha Sewley, Field Sales Officer at The Consortium, and her team have raised almost £2000 for Hope House Children’s Hospice:

“Taking part in TrekFest was amazing, exhausting and emotional – it was a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a great local charity.”

Each year Connect Group, whose head office is based in Swindon, provides its staff with lots of opportunities to get involved in events like TrekFest, and this weekend’s walk was the second flagship event in the Company’s Community Link-Up programme. This is a staff-led initiative which encourages employees to get involved in fundraising activities, volunteer in their local community and ‘link-up’ with their colleagues. The programme is in its fourth year and has raised over £300,000 for local and national charities.

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