Gleeds Newcastle don their walking boots for 130-mile charity hike

Gleeds staff in Newcastle have taken to Kielder Water in Northumberland to complete a 130-mile hiking relay – one mile for every year the company has been in business - in an effort to raise £1100 for children’s charity, Grace House.

The usually desk-bound team completed the circumference of the largest man-made lake in Europe in just nine hours.

The charity hike was one in a series of events taking place between Monday 21st September and Friday 25th September, as Gleeds attempted to raise £130,000 for charity in one week across its 56 international offices. The initiative, known as the Gleeds Global Challenge, saw 1500 staff volunteer one working day to help raise money for local charities.

Grace House was recently established to provide short breaks and respite care for children and young people, aged from five to 18 years old, who suffer from complex physical disabilities and have health needs from life limiting conditions.

Talking about the challenge, Gleeds Director for Newcastle, Graeme Duckworth, said: “When we heard about the work Grace House does, we immediately wanted to do something to help. Not only was our challenge physically demanding, it was a powerful reminder of how easily we take our mobility and good health for granted.”

So far, the Gleeds Global Challenge has raised in excess of £100,000 with fundraising tallies still flooding in from Gleeds’ international offices.

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