On September 24th 2011, seven CVS relationship managers will be braving Mt. Snowdon to raise money for Honeypot. They’re aiming to reach the summit and raise £750 which will enable a child to visit Honeypot on a respite break, have an afternoon on the Playbus and enjoy Christmas and birthday presents from the charity. Here, Michelle Lloyd, one of the intrepid team, tells us why they decided to do the challenge and how the training is going. We decided to set ourselves this challenge as we wanted to do something different for Honeypot. A few ideas were thrown around – a bungee jump, a sky dive, nothing too extreme! – before finally settled on walking up Snowdon.
We had to keep it secret for a few weeks whilst we did a bit of research, decided on the path we were going to climb (Miners Track), agreed on some training and set up our Just Giving Website. A few of our colleagues had worked out we were up to something and tried desperately to find out but I don’t think anyone expected us to do this!
Our colleagues were shocked that we’d decided on such a physical challenge – particularly having witnessed the amount of chocolate and cake we devour on a daily basis – but they have been extremely supportive, sponsoring us and offering messages of encouragement.
[caption id="attachment_635" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The team: Louise Hadley, Keeshak Downie, Jess Dutton, Michelle Lloyd, Ellen Crosby, Rebecca Lindsell, Mandi Farrer, Carol A Alker, Michael Smith"][/caption]
We started training shortly after we announced the challenge. A few members of the team (Ellen, Mandi, Keeshak and Becky) are already fitness fanatics, so had decided to complete a few extra miles on the treadmill, and Ellen had kindly taken myself and Lou under her wing to help us train.
Our first training session was at Cannock Chase, which is part of the Forestry Commission, and we had hoped to start off with a gentle stroll. Ellen had other ideas as she strapped weights round her ankles and pulled out additional weights for us to carry. Lou and I joked that Ellen missed her calling as an Army Sergeant as she power walked round.
Over the weeks our walks have become longer and harder. We do a 4 mile walk once a week with a few little ones in between; it’s still hard work but we’ve improved. However, we’re prepared for the fact that our training is nothing compared to the reality of Mt. Snowdon.
We’re now just 5 days away from our challenge and so far we have managed to raise £601! This is increasing daily thanks to our fantastic supporters and we’re extremely confident that we’ll hit our target before the big day.
If you’d like to know a bit more about the Honeypot Children’s Charity and read some of the messages of support left for us, check out our Just Giving page.
We’ll have another update for you soon!