In June, a group of 11 ITM Power team members hiked the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to fundraise for The Children’s Hospital Charity. The 25 mile hike, saw them climb to the top of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, amassing a total ascent of 1585 meters. Gintas Kacinskas, CAD Engineer explained how at last peak they arrived exhausted and all they could see was “stairs going straight up into the unknown!”
The expedition was conducted on behalf of ITM Nurture – a fundraising initiative within ITM Power that supports local charities and causes in Sheffield. Kath Connell, Head of HR and ITM Nurture Lead said, “we are thrilled with the efforts of our intrepid hikers who represented ITM Power from across the company. They did a fantastic job fundraising and hiking such a long distance. ITM Power match funded what the hikers raised and will continue to promote opportunities to support local charities in the future though our Nurture programme. We look forward to announcing more in the coming months.”
A grand total of £10,511.32 was raised through the collective efforts and is being donated towards the further development of Sheffield Children’s Hospital cancer ward.
Oliver Griffiths, Electrical and Controls Engineer explained how he was thankful for his health and happiness that enabled him to do the challenge, and hoped the team’s “efforts through this challenge can help to improve the health and happiness of others.”
This sentiment was shared with other members of the team. Joseph Woodhead, Apprentice Sub Assembly Technician remarked “it was a great opportunity to push yourself with the motivation of helping out such a worthy cause. It was tough towards the end but the feeling when it was completed was amazing!”
The team ready to head out with fresh legs.
Ruth Jenkinson, Facilities Administrator and hike organiser was grateful for the challenge that enabled her to walk amongst “beautiful scenery as part of a great team whilst raising a substantial amount of money for the Children’s Hospital. The highlight was completing the challenge with the others and being greeted by the support team from ITM who provided us with a well-received picnic!”
Francesco Ghidoni, Process Engineer spoke with pride of a “wonderful opportunity for getting involved in a difficult journey across deep ups and downs, surrounded by wonderful landscapes, driven by a high and noble goal as supporting children hospital” but by all accounts, it took "determination to prove to myself that I would have been able to complete the hard 25 miles path” and Francesco gave “thanks for the support of my incredible team members”.
At ITM Power, we want to thank everyone who donated and supported our walkers’ efforts for such an important and worthwhile cause. We are immensely proud of what was achieved and we look forward to creating more opportunities for team members to support local charities. Go team!