As a business as part of Regional Building within Kier Group, we and 8 other regions were tasked to raise a collective £100,000 for charity with a series of walking challenges. All funds raised are to be split equally between our charity partner, The British Heart Foundation (through our charity The Kier Foundation) and a local charity of our choice.
In the Northern region, we selected the Teenage Cancer Trust because our Contract Manager, Peter Collins, recently lost his son Joe to liver cancer at the age of 22 and the charity gave both Joe, Peter and all of their family invaluable support during those very tough days. So we want to give back by walking over 100 miles in a week, achieving over 1,000,000 steps and training 60 people as CPR lifesavers.
Our journey was meticulously planned by Peter and we made the decision to walk from our site in Malton to our new project at Park Hill Flats in Sheffield – some 110 miles! Cue blood, sweat, tears and lots and lots of blisters – everyone who took part did it because of Peter and his family so this was a small price to pay.
Day 1 saw us walk from Malton to York Hospital – Moderate Monday had become Marathon Monday with a total of 24 miles walked. Day 2 continued from York Hospital to our offices at Thorpe Park in Leeds. This was another 24 miles and the group were joined in Tadcaster by 3 more eager volunteers and our mascot for the day, Willow!
Day 3 was considered the easiest of the week but with some detours off route they completed 19 miles – they set off from our office in Leeds, via our St Albans project in Leeds City Centre where they picked up some more volunteers and set off for Dixons Academy in Bradford.
Day 4 was by far the toughest with a walk of 26 miles across lots of hills and hard terrain. The group set off from Bradford to our Barnsley Bloods project. Finally day 5 saw us set off from Barnsley to head to our two sites in Sheffield, firstly PET MRI for a quick drink and selfie stop and then onto our project at Park Hill.