Staff from Martin Audio raised £5,000 for two charities in June by walking the Grand Union Challenge from London to Birmingham.
Encouraged by team captain Sophie McCurdy, Martin Audio's Simon Bull, David Morbey, Maureen Hayes, Nigel Meddemmen, Debbie Moore, Andy Baldwin, Lydia Blackwood and Russell Lee set out at 9am from Cassiobury Park in Watford and finished in Stoke Hammond at 10.30pm. The route, which follows the Grand Union Canal for 50km (31mi), took them through Hemel Hempstead (11km), Tring (26km) and Leighton Buzzard (40km).
Total walking time was nine and a half hours, plus rest stops.
The walk raised nearly £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and mental health charity Mind, comfortably exceeding their original £3,000 target. Many of the walkers had known Martin Audio’s popular sales and marketing director Rob Lingfield, who died of cancer four years earlier (see In memoriam: Rob Lingfield), and said their personal walks were "very much in his memory".
“We finished together as a team and showed great morale and camaraderie throughout the walk," says marketing assistant McCurdy, "although we were very tired afterwards. It was an excellent team-building experience and tested both our stamina and determination.
“I am incredibly proud of the team and send a huge thank-you to everyone who supported us along the way. Mind and Macmillan are such fantastic charities – with 1 in 4 people affected by a mental health condition and so many likely to suffer the debilitating effects of cancer, it’s an honour to have been able to contribute in a small way to their great work.”
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