Teams’ 24-hour trek raises £110,000 for seafarers charity

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DSC_0645Teams of intrepid hikers have raised a staggering £110,000 for Seafarers UK by taking part in the 24 Peaks Challenge – orienteering across the 24 highest peaks in the Lake District.

The 25 teams, from across the maritime industry, had to complete the challenge within 24 hours – no easy feat with all the peaks being well over 2,400ft above sea level.

“It’s an incredibly tough event, but it’s one of the best team-building experiences out there, with everyone doing their bit to support their team all the way to the end”, said Nigel Shattock, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Seafarers UK.

“We are so thankful to all the companies that took part this year, both for their physical commitment and their fantastic fundraising.”

Following the event on 2nd-3rd July, an awards evening was held where every team was presented with a certificate. Peel Ports received the Top Fundraiser Award, with over £7,500 raised at the time, and Teekay Shipping received the Ambassadors Award for encouraging the most teams from across the industry to sign up to the challenge.

“There is overall agreement that it was the hardest thing any of us have ever done”, said the EA Gibson Team (pictured).

“It was good to be sharing this not just as a team, but also with the other groups, encouraging each other along the way.”

Seafarers UK is now accepting entries for next year’s 24 Peaks Challenge on 8th-9th July 2017. For more details visit www.seafarers.uk/the-24-peaks-challenge, email hannah.scopp@seafarers-uk.org or call 020 7932 5960.

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