Mind over matter!

Staff from Galliford Try Partnerships North, put their best feet forward in a feat of endurance to raise money for  Mind.

Over two gruelling days, the intrepid walkers trekked 65 miles of the Hadrian’s Way – along the route of the Roman Wall – from Carlisle to Newcastle, raising over £8,000 for the cause.

Stepping out were Hayley Bell, Tamsin Curtis, Alex Gallagher, Iain Mullen, Andrew Rennie – day one only, due to work commitments – Dave Brown, Christopher Jamieson and Karl Lister, with the help of support driver Sean Nugent.

Proving they were prepared to go the extra mile, the team walked 14 hours on day one and a further 10 hours on day two on a hike that provided plenty of ups and down – not just the hills – including a close call with a bull and a spilt pint due to an inquisitive wasp!

Hayley, Social Value Co-ordinator and PA to the Managing Director said:  “We are all very proud to have completed the walk and raised a substantial amount for Mind.  I certainly regret not doing any training!  This challenge pushed us all to dig deep and demonstrated the importance of having support and someone to talk to when facing something challenging – an issue which is at the centre of Mind’s work.”

Chosen as the group’s adopted charity for the year, Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Dominic Buchan, Corporate Account Manager at Mind said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Galliford Try Partnerships as its new charity partner.  The funds raised by staff will help make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.  This amazing achievement by the North business unit gets the new partnership off to a brilliant start. It’s an excellent example of what can be achieved and we hope to see more like it over the next year. Thank you to everyone involved for supporting Mind.”

To date Galliford Try Partnerships across the UK has raised £18,125 for Mind.  Staff will be taking part in a number of fundraising activities for the remainder of 2019, including sky diving, bake sales and a ‘bring your dog to work day’.