Howdens employees from across England take part in charity trek

by Francesca

Five Howdens employees took part in The National Forest Trek on 17-19th September 2021, walking some or all of a gruelling 75-mile trek along the National Forest Way, and raising over £6,100 for the three founding charities, whose missions are to help ex-service men and women and to support the regeneration project run by the National Forest.

Amy Lim and Daryl Talmadge took on the challenge of walking the full distance, before being joined on day two by Rachel Jones, Sophie Leathley and Claire Toomey.

The five Howden employees are based at various locations across England, from as north as Yorkshire, and as south as Watford, however, they came together with the same determination and drive to raise as much money as possible.

Sophie Leathley, Marketing Communications Manager at Howdens, says: “It was an incredible experience for all five of us to take part in, and we are exceptionally proud of the amount we raised that goes towards raising awareness of the need for reforestation and helping those who have served their country.

“We had plenty of mishaps along the way, which by all accounts will go down in Trek folklore, including Daryl missing the start of day one with a flat tyre and having to run most of the 30 miles already covered in order to catch up!

“While not all of us were able to complete the trek due to medical conditions, including terrible blisters and a fractured foot, it was an experience that none of us will forget.”

A total of £37,500 was raised by 208 participants who collectively walked 4,676 miles over the three-day event. Howdens were thrilled to be the highest contributing fundraising team raising over 16% of the total raised and there are already talks of doing it all again next year!

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