Rising to the charity challenge

Courtesy car experts, Circle Leasing, have been taking great strides towards smashing the fund-raising target they set for their 2017 charity of the year, Cancer Research UK.

Last weekend 24 Circle employees joined managing director Aidan Minogue in a challenging hike around The Fairfield Horseshoe in the Lake District; raising year long donations to more than £10,000 in the process.

Although at 11.5 miles the distance is not excessively far, the ups and downs of eight summits (totalling to 3,543ft elevation) including Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar, took their toll, but this didn’t stop the intrepid team on their mission.

With a steep ascent to 2,864ft and temperatures dropping to around 6˚C with an icy wind chill at the peak, this was no walk in the park, but the walkers of all levels gamely soldiered on, guided and supported by four experienced walker colleagues, namely: Bill Honeywell, Phil Walsh, Neil Pendlebury and Iain Poole.

‘I am so proud of our team’ said Aidan. ‘This was an exhilarating walk which exemplifies the teamwork that exists throughout our business. With our fundraising in mind we all felt a huge sense of achievement at the end.  Most of us will be back for more I’m sure.’

The Fairfield Horseshoe walk is the latest in a busy programme of ventures organised by the Circle charity fund raising team.  Last month, Aidan Minogue stepped up for the Director’s Challenge; carrying out a full day of car cleaning to earn the donations generously pledged by employees, customers, suppliers and industry partners.

Other fund raising ventures carried out by the Circle Leasing team include various 10K Runs, bake sales and participation in Dry January. The company has already smashed its £10,000 target with six months still to go (£4,500 online & £6,000 offline). They are keen to raise even more though so readers who are interested in joining Circle in donating to Cancer Research UK can visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=CircleLeasing