Billy Menzies, Assistant Director Performance & Compliance, HMP Kilmarnock, Serco UK Justice and Immigration: “I have completed similar events before but the Cumbrian Challenge was the best event I’ve ever attended. The team had a terrific time, warmly welcomed by all as ‘Team Serco’, camping out for two nights and enjoying the camaraderie that surrounds WWTW events. All participants provided support to each other throughout the day as everyone completed the route. We actually gained team members over the course of the walk. There was such a buzz at the finish line. The beautiful scenery and the great outdoors were an added benefit.
“It was a fantastic, fun, team building event for our Standards Audit Unit, the route tested us and each of us took responsibility at different times to motivate and keep the team moving forward and focused. We still have the route map posted in the office and on occasion still use that day for inspiration.
“We had such an amazing time that I am returning to WWTW with other competitors from the prison to complete the Balmoral Challenge in June 2017 and highly recommend colleagues within Serco, and others, to take up the challenge.”
Victoria Hall, Service Excellence Manager, Arqiva: “Having entered the Cumbrian Challenge each year since 2013, we decided this year to introduce an element of friendly rivalry, with four teams from different parts of our business competing.
“The enduring benefits in terms of team-building and leadership experienced by all four teams were further enhanced by their sense of achievement in completing this challenging event in such wonderful scenery. We’re already looking forward to next year.”
Rob Partington, Director, OzoneFIT Military Fitness: “The event clearly captured everyone’s imagination, and it was clear the dedicated staff and volunteers lived and breathed this cause, which in turn filtered through to an overwhelming positive force of smiles and good will.
“It was great to see so many shapes, sizes and abilities and even dogs taking part in our adventure, proving that you don’t have to be of elite fitness to take part in a tough challenge. You just require the will and commitment. You could clearly see whilst watching participants cross the finish line, what the day had meant to them.
“In helping others, events like this help build team spirit and generate confidence and positivity, which its participants can take away and utilise in their own lives. That’s better than any goody bag!”
David Wiley, Sales Director, Helly Hansen: “Working with Walking With The Wounded on the Cumbrian Challenge has been a valuable asset for Helly Hansen.
“The Challenge has enabled us to engage with some highly influential people, deliver our brand objectives by assisting with such a well-run experience and to gain valuable PR exposure – all while supporting this phenomenal charity at what is one of its biggest fundraising events in the calendar.
“We are proud to have been associated with the Cumbrian Challenge and would not hesitate to encourage other partners to experience the potential this event has to offer by offering their support.”
Ian Lofthouse, Director Nuclear Integration, Submarines, BAE Systems: “The reason we got involved with WWTW, and particularly the Cumbrian Challenge, is because I spent 35 years as a nuclear sub mariner in the Royal Navy and we’re really keen to do more to show that the Armed Forces covenant is more than just a piece of paper – to actually demonstrate how we support the Armed Forces when they leave and start to look at work in industry.”
Stewart Sharman, Deputy MD and Head of Ex-Forces Programme, FDM Group: “Last year we came along to the event in Cumbria and thought it was so fantastic we’ve come along this year and sponsored the map.”
Patrick Dean, COO, Shard Capital: “A brief note to thank you all at WWTW for the amazing time Shard Capital had in the Lakes over the weekend. I was greeted in the office this morning by a lot of smiling, sunburnt faces, along with a few people walking like cowboys!”
Simon Hughes, Head of Marketing, Shard Capital: “A massive thanks to all the WWTW volunteers and beneficiaries who contributed to such an enjoyable weekend. Everyone is still buzzing and talking about more challenges…so you can rest assured you have a willing bunch of participants here at Shard Capital!”
James Lewis, CEO, Shard Capital: “I’m proud of the company’s fantastic response to the Cumbrian Challenge, with over a third of the workforce fundraising and participating across six Shard Capital teams. I was delighted to take part myself; spending the day walking in the stunning Lake District setting in the sunshine certainly helped make lighter work of the rugged terrain. The real effort comes from the amazing volunteers and staff at Walking With The Wounded who are doubtless looking to next year’s event already. Shard Capital will be there to support those efforts too.”
Ibrar Ali, Head of Operations, Speedflex Europe: “The Cumbrian Challenge 100% achieved everything we wanted it to and much more. From having to organise their own logistics to get to/from the event, to working together on the fundraising and the camaraderie built during the event, it was great. It gave me a chance to see each of the staff out of their comfort zone and was a good character-building activity too.”
Shaun Savory, HR Director, Birketts LLP: “The Cumbrian Challenge supports team building, leadership development, provides genuine inspiration and above all is fun. Our ongoing presence is guaranteed.”
Jonathan Agar, CEO, Birketts LLP: “This is an excellent opportunity to help others, challenge ourselves and accomplish something remarkable with friends. I’m delighted to say that following the success of last year’s walk (2015), the partners and staff across all four of our offices are fully committed to Walking With The Wounded and we’ve entered seven teams (in 2016).”
Nigel Farthing, senior partner and sponsor of the CSR committee, Birketts LLP: “It’s particularly pleasing that colleagues at all levels are supporting this fantastic challenge. As well as fundraising for this very worthwhile cause, there’s a huge personal development opportunity for all those involved; team building, morale and health.”
Glen Pilkington, Head of HR & Learning and Development, AEGIS London: “We keep coming back to this event as it is an excellent challenge with clear outcomes supporting veterans who have walked in far more difficult locations than this. Undertaking the event with work colleagues is great fun and helps to build our own internal professional relationships”
Sarah Elmes, HR Generalist, Bunn Fertiliser: “Feedback from all of our employees was that it was a great event to be involved in, it was really well planned and really enjoyable so thank you for organising it all.”
Loraine Keirl, Health Coordinator, Scott Bader: “I would just like to say on behalf of our team a mahusive Thank You to your Team, from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome an that continued throughout the weekend. I will definitely be recommending to some of my fitter colleagues to get teams together and take part next year.”
Rhys Lloyd-Jones, Corporate Banking, RBS: “It was a great event and organised to the highest order. I’m ok now, not been too bad afterwards, but at the time I was done! Absolutely exhausted!”
Robert French, co-founder, The Beach Café Mundesley: “It was a real physical challenge ( and I am still hurting!) I enjoyed the stunning route and scenery, the element of risk, the teamwork, the chance to do something for a very good cause, and the sense of achievement at finishing. I thought the event was very well managed, and staffed.”
Peter Bristowe, Founding Director, Edison: “Thank you very much for staging an excellent Cumbrian Challenge. I am now walking like John Wayne but safe in the knowledge that it is all for a very good cause! I thought the route was excellent. The marshalling and check points were very well organised and the encouragement from all and sundry was hugely appreciated!”
Cheryl Burgess, PA to CEO & FD, Adnams: “Wow, what an amazing weekend in Grasmere! So well organised, the help from the marshalls, the team back at HQ on the Friday and Saturday was fantastic… Such a memorable weekend with the WWTW team. Thanks again for telling us about it. We are already talking about who we can put in the team (or teams!) for next year!”
Vicky Day, Head of Prevention and Rehabilitation, Office of the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner: “We all had a wonderful weekend, thank you so much for planning an absolutely awesome route which was challenging but with stunning views. You should all be really proud of yourselves for pulling together an amazing event, the atmosphere was buzzing. Only sustained one small blister – although I think this was a consequence of dancing in flip flops!”