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24-hour endurance event makes 'perfect sense' for charity

01 June 2011

A team of 12 employees from ITT Water and Wastewater pulled on their hiking boots this month to complete a 52-mile edurance challenge for Sense, a charity that supports children and adults that are deafblind

The 24-hour trek across the ancient Ridgeway path of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire took the team - which included ITT WWW Managing Director, Peter Lewington – down one of the oldest roads in Britain.

The uneven terrain of the Oxfordshire downlands and the secluded and overgrown woodland made the walking conditions tricky and unpredictable, with the teams having to tread carefully as they went. Despite this, the walk presented the trekkers with unrivalled panoramic views of the English countryside as they passed areas of natural beauty, wildlife and historic buildings.

The ITT WWW group was divided into three teams of four, two of which battled on through the night in the race to finish first. The other four members acted as the support team and were on hand at the check points to offer clean socks, refreshments and some much needed encouragement.

Adam Bond, Senior Proposals Engineer for ITT Water and Wastewater comments: ”Sense is a charity that everyone at ITT WWW feels close to. Having a colleague that lives and works with blindness has made us all aware of the daily challenges faced by a person with a severe visual impairment. When we heard about the Ridge Walk, we knew that this was the perfect opportunity to show our support to the charity, with a little healthy competition thrown in for good measure.

”The trek became more mentally and physically challenging with each hour, but our group’s morale and determination helped us to forge ahead. Despite the aches and pains , our spirits were high as we crossed the finish within the 24 hour target. We are thrilled to have been able to support such a worthy cause and will be looking at other challenges of this sort once the blisters have healed!”

As the sponsorships and donations continue to filter through, the ITT WWW team are confident that they will have achieved their goal of raising a grand total of over £3500 for Sense.

The 2011 Ridge Walk was organised by Global Adventure Challeges which has been organising large scale fundraising events on behalf of Sense since 2000.




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