Employees from iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, have teamed up to tackle the 2013 Severn Trent Mountain Challenge to raise money for WaterAid, a charity dedicated to providing safe domestic water to some of the poorest people in the world.
The event took place in the Peak District on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, making it very apt that the walk started and finished in the village of ‘Hope’.
Eleven employees from Saint-Gobain PAM UK, making up two teams, took on the challenge, navigating 10 and 20 mile routes respectively.
The first team, Marching Saints – made up of John Wilson, Phil Green, Simon Bennett, Wendy Marriott, Gary Postle and Sue Wallbanks – successfully completed the 20-mile challenge in nine hours and 19 minutes, while the second team, Stantonians, consisting of Jerry Payne, Steve Baldwin, Lorraine Parrott, Aurelien Lepy and Linda Wardle, overcame the 10-mile route in just over six hours.
Marriott of Saint-Gobain PAM UK said “We really enjoyed competing in the Severn Trent Mountain Challenge this year. It’s a really great cause and a great achievement for us all. Despite the heat we all made it – there were a few blistered feet and aching shins but was well worthwhile.
The Saint-Gobain PAM UK teams collectively raised more than £400 for WaterAid through sponsorship, with the funds generated going towards helping people in Ethiopia.
The Severn Trent Mountain Challenge has raised more than £500,000 in its 20 years to date, which has gone towards helping thousands of people take the first steps out of poverty. Almost one and a half million children die from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation every year.