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 North West, the challenge was organised by Sheryl Moore, CSR Manager and they followed the theme of the different days for the events. So they had Moderate Monday, Titanic Tuesday, Give it some welly Wednesday, Thirsty Work Thursday and Fit Heart Friday.
Their events took place across the Liverpool, Manchester and Wales regions and Moderate Monday saw them undertake a 19 mile walk from Upper Mill in Saddleworth to our offices in Manchester.
Titanic Tuesday saw the second group complete a walking tour of Liverpool, beginning from our project within the Knowledge Quarter. They visited 13 historic sites in the City and ended at the aptly named Titanic Hotel.
Give it some welly Wednesday took us to Crosby Beach where we undertook a litter picking exercise with school children from projects we are working on. A 3-mile stretch of the beach was covered and they managed to collect 10 bags of rubbish. The day ended with a welly wanging competition.
Day 4 was Thirsty Work Thursday and the group took on an eight mile canal walk along the Liverpool – Leeds towpath. It was a learning day as well where the group were taught how to open and close the locks and helped passing barges move along the canal.
The final day – Fit Heart Friday – saw us undertake the hardest challenge of the week by climbing the Clwydian Hills in North Wales. 20 walkers took part including supporters from Provsec, Altrad and CITB along with three very energetic dogs.