Keybury Fire and Security is getting ready to embark on its third annual charity fund-raising weekend – and the latest challenge the company has set itself is by far the toughest to date.
Personnel from all departments are taking up the gauntlet in the 2015 Keybury “Try-Athlon”, a three-day marathon being staged over a single weekend from July 3-5.
Day one on the Friday will involve a 40-mile bike ride on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal from Keighley to Leeds and back, followed on the second day by an eight-mile trek up and down Whernside, the highest of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.
Sunday, the final day, will see a Keybury team take to the water at Shipley Swimming Pool in a bid to cover a combined distance of 21 miles – equivalent to crossing the English Channel!
Proceeds this year will be split equally between Sue Ryder Manorlands in Oxenhope and the Alzheimer’s Society – and Keybury is hoping to raise well over £2,500 from its efforts this year, which would be a new record.
In the past two years, the company has netted some £5,000 through its fund-raising weekends, with Manorlands being an annual beneficiary.
In 2013, employees cycled 127 miles along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath and last year 25 members of staff took part in a 36-mile walk along the Pennine Way, covering 500 miles in total between them and taking in Pen y Ghent along the way.
“We’ve set ourselves some serious tasks in the first two years, but this will be our sternest test to date, though all of our people are relishing the challenge and are well up for it,” said Keybury’s HR director Karen Gee.
She thanked all who have to date supported this year’s cause. Further donations can be made online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/keyburyschallenge
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Robin Moule, Moule Media