10 July 2015

Withers team take on Snowdon challenge

Amber Melville-Brown
Partner | US

This weekend, a 15-strong team of adrenaline junkies from Withers will take on the challenge of conquering Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. However, this is no ordinary climb — one member of the team, Tim, is a wheelchair user and so this means they'll be faced with pushing, pulling, climbing and wheeling to the summit and back down again. Our team aren't embarking on this challenge for the fun of it – they're aiming to raise money and awareness for The Back-Up Trust, the firm's charity of the year. This forms part of a year's worth of fundraising activities across the London office, all in aid of the charity. The Back-Up Trust is a fantastic charity who help to transform the lives of those living with a spinal cord injury. Their services include mentoring, wheelchair skills training and activity courses as well as support in getting back to work or school after an injury. They were voted by Withers employees to be our charity of the year, helped along by the efforts of secretary Nicole Scott, whose husband is our wheelchair user during the Snowdon challenge. Tim has put a lot of great work into adapting one of his wheelchairs for the Snowdon Push, to make it (slightly) easier to navigate across the 8 miles of mixed terrain. The team themselves have been doing their best to train for the challenge by taking the stairs at work, and ditching public transport on their commutes and instead walking to and from the office every day. Some members of the team have experience climbing different mountains around the world, so are feeling a bit prepared! They are expecting the ascent to take up to 5 gruelling hours. You can show your support for our gutsy team by making a donation to this worthy cause — any amount will help make a difference to the lives of those affected by a spinal cord injury. And please join us in wishing them the very best of luck (they're going to need it!). www.justgiving.com/witherspush/

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