Yesterday, on Tuesday 10th May, the first half of a team of 12 staff from Bakkavor’s Cheshire sites began their walk of the Sandstone Trail in order to raise funds for Grocery Aid.
Over a 24-hour period, between them the two halves of the team walked the 34-mile trail both ways – 68 miles in a single day
Colleagues from across Bakkavor’s sites in Crewe, Aston and Barton, followed the walk, streamed live in staff areas across the sites. Already, staff members have raised £2,500 for Grocery Aid, and that sum will grow further over the coming days.
The Sandstone Trail is one of the finest and most popular long-distance walks in North West England. The Trail stretches for 34 miles/55 kilometres along Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge and offers superb, unbroken, and often elevated walking across the still largely green and pleasant English county of Cheshire. It runs from the ancient market town of Frodsham on the broad Mersey estuary, in the north, to Georgian Whitchurch in rural north Shropshire, in the south.
Senior managers from the region’s Bakkavor sites lead from the front for this fundraiser – David Brown, Head of Operations from Bakkavor Crewe leading the first team of seven on their 12-hour trek, along with Gavin Houghton, Site Manager from Bakkavor Aston and Cheshire’s Technical Manager Andrew Ticehurst, leading the second team of five for their return leg of 34 miles in 12 hours.
GroceryAid is a charity that supports people from all over the UK who have worked, or are working in the grocery industry, and who find they need extra support to get by. People in the grocery industry use GroceryAid for financial support and practical assistance. This includes support and guidance on health and wellbeing, personal issues, benefits, career, housing and legal issues.
Before heading off on the 68-mile fundraising walk with Bakkavor colleagues, David Brown Head of Operations at Bakkavor Crewe commented: “GroceryAid is something all our people have access to – and many have benefitted from. A fundraising walk seemed like an appropriate fundraising activity because it continues the wellbeing walks our staff started in the pandemic and have continued ever since. Health and wellbeing are important issues for us at Bakkavor and we are pleased to be raising money and giving something back to GroceryAid this week.”
To support the Bakkavor team and make a donation to GroceryAid visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/onecheshiresef?utm_source=copyLink&utm_medium=one_page&utm_content=page%2Fonecheshiresef&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=e7060c2f3d6a457795411b73c45df914