A GROUP of Midlands manufacturers laced up their walking boots for a midnight hike across the Cotswolds in aid of a children’s charity.
Management and shop floor staff from Ascott in Tamworth raised thousands of pounds for Action Medical Research for Children when they took part in the Trek The Night endurance hike.
The gruelling event kicked off at midnight on June 9 and involved a 40-mile walk across the Cotswold hills and Severn Vale.
Armed with head torches and maps, The Ascott Lost team started in Dursley Pool & Sports Centre in the Forest of Dean and battled tough terrain for more than 15 hours to reach the finish line on Cleeve Hill Golf Club, near Cheltenham.
Ascott’s Managing Director Adrian Wain, Technical Manager Steve Smith and After Sales & Support Manager Martin Ryley joined shop floor fitters on the hike to raise more than £2,200 for the charity, which aims to improve the health of babies and children diagnosed with disease and disabilities.
Money raised funds medical research into new treatments and cures for sick children.
In the past 60 years, the charity has ploughed £110m of funding into research.
Adrian said support had flooded in from colleagues, distributors, business associates and agents.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have raised such a lot of money for Action Medical Research for Children,” he added. “It’s an incredibly worthy cause very close to our hearts.”
Teams of professionals from architects to lawyers joined the Ascott squad, and took to social media to track their progress throughout the night.
Adrian added: “Even though we managed to get lost, meaning we all walked an additional four miles, it didn’t dampen the Ascott spirit. It was a great event.”
Ascott is one of the world’s top five manufacturers of corrosion test equipment for the automotive, aerospace and coatings industries and exports to 50 countries worldwide.
Their customers include BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Volvo.
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