Staff trek 13 miles to get to work on time

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A TEAM of build­ing so­ci­ety work­ers took on a com­mute with a dif­fer­ence to raise money for char­ity.

A team of em­ploy­ees from Leek United trekked 13 miles be­fore break­fast, set­ting off in dark­ness from Mac­cles­field at 4am.

Led by their branch man­ager Richard Czap­ski, the staff from the build­ing so­ci­ety’s Leek of­fice man­aged to ar­rive in time to be­gin a full day’s work at 9am.

The team’s ef­forts raised cash for Donna Louise Chil­dren’s Hospice, and will al­low the char­ity, which pro­vides care and sup­port for ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, to pur­chase 20 art sets to be used for chil­dren’s art ther­apy.

Richard said: “Our tar­get is to raise £500.

“We’ve got just over £300 at the mo­ment, so if any­one is still think­ing of mak­ing a do­na­tion to this very wor­thy cause, it would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

The walk from Mac­cles­field was done mainly in dark­ness and the group, made up of Richard, Alex Beachell, Elly Haverty-Wil­liams, Julie Collins and Jeanette Mount­ford, donned wa­ter­proof and high­vis­i­bil­ity cloth­ing and boots, and armed them­selves with torches on the route, which took them along canal tow­paths.

They have cal­cu­lated that they took ap­prox­i­mately 31,900 steps to cover the dis­tance in four hours and 45 min­utes, burn­ing a to­tal of 3,000 calo­ries in the process.

Richard said: “It took us nearly an hour just to get out of Mac­cles­field be­cause we kept stop­ping for so many pho­to­graphs, but we made it to our branch in time, and put some of the calo­ries back on with ba­con sand­wiches be­fore start­ing work!”

Art plays a fun­da­men­tal role in the care pro­vided by the Donna Louise Hospice, which is based in Stoke-onTrent, for many of the fam­i­lies who use its ser­vices.

A spokesman for the hospice ex­plained: “Art ther­apy is just one of many forms of coun­selling which we of­fer, and gives our fam­i­lies a cre­ative av­enue to ex­press their emo­tions which can at times be eas­ier to dis­play on pa­per rather than for­mu­late into words.”

●● Staff from Leek United build­ing so­ci­ety who trekked 13 miles from Mac­cles­field to their of­fice be­fore work

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