Charity trek challenge

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A GROUP of workers from a Beverley company are taking on the challenge of a lifetime.

Eight employees of Chem-Dry, on Belprin Road, will climb 5,895 metres over six gruelling days in March to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb is being undertaken by 16 Chem-Dry franchisees and employees in aid of the company’s charity of the year, Asthma UK.

Jade Elliott, marketing assistant at Chem-Dry, said: “This is by far the biggest challenge I have ever undertaken and I am currently in training to ensure my fitness is at its best to have the best chance of reaching the summit.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and my fellow Chem-Dry participants and I are delighted to be taking part in something so huge to help raise funds for Asthma UK.”

Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Managing Director of Chem-Dry and Kilimanjaro Challenge Trekker, added: “This is the biggest charity challenge Chem-Dry has ever undertaken; there’s no doubt the trek will test us to our limits both physically and mentally. The goal of raising a substantial amount of money for Asthma UK will spur us on to reach the summit.”

The Beverley climbers have been helped along the way by local pupil Katie Delaney, 10.

Chem-Dry ran a competition to design a banner to promote the challenge. Katie, who goes to Molescroft Primary School, won the competition and will now see her winning banner displayed outside the Chem-Dry head office on Swinemoor Lane.

To raise funds in the run up to the challenge, a Burns Evening is being held at Beverley Memorial Hall tomorrow evening, Saturday January 22. The evening will feature a posh pie and pea supper and a ceilidh band. For further information or to book a place contact Stephanie Braysmith at stephanie.braysmith@chemdry.co.uk or call 01482 888195.