Every year, a team from Tata Chemicals Europe and its sister company British Salt pull on their walking boots to raise money for local charity - St Luke’s Hospice in Northwich, Cheshire. Since 1988, St Luke’s has been providing palliative care to local people, supporting them in ways which go beyond the scope and funding of the NHS.
After an epic 8 peak challenge in 2017, this year a 31 strong team team took on what they thought would be a gentle stroll over the rolling hills of Cheshire. As well as supporting St Luke's, the challenge was also a fitting way to celebrate 150 years of the Tata Group. 15 miles, 33000 steps, a total ascent of 3340 feet and 8.5 hours later, the team that took on the challenge will confirm this was no walk in the park!
The challenge started from Tegg’s Nose car park near Macclesfield, heading up to the first peak, Shuttlingsloe, for a quick break in the biting wind. From here, the team trekked down into the valley and up to the Peak View Tea Rooms. Following a quick pit stop at the tea rooms for a well-earned cake or two, the team then headed up to Shining Tor and on to the final leg of the walk past Lamaload Reservoir and back up to Tegg’s Nose Country Park.
Phil Davies, summed up everyone’s thoughts: “St Luke’s does fantastic work and we’re delighted to be able to continue to support it with our annual challenge.” So far, the Tata Chemicals Europe and British Salt team have raised £1250 which is still climbing - unlike the team the following day.
Peter Houghton, who organised the event, said: “It was great to spend the day with colleagues in the countryside. Well done to everyone for completing the challenge, the participants should be proud to make it round the walk and for raising funds for St Luke’s at the same time.”
To find out more about St Luke’s, please visit www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk