South Coast accountancy firm, Inspire, have gone above and beyond for charity after climbing Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon!
In aid of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, 18 members of the Inspire team took part in the firm’s annual ‘Micro Adventure’, which saw the group climb the 1,085m mountain in the dead of night.
Setting off at 2am on the famous ‘Pyg Track’, the group endured a four-hour climb to the summit, with nothing but their head torches to light the way. When they finally reached the peak at 6am, they took in the breathtaking views of Llyn Llydaw before starting their descent. Flanked by their trustee guides, they reached the base of the mountain at 9am – just in time for a well-earned breakfast.
Chris Downing, Inspire Director, said: “Reflecting back, it feels like we did something unique together on behalf of such a good cause. To leave the office at 3pm on the Friday and start the ascent at 2am Saturday morning – having had no sleep – was challenging mentally and physically. I’m incredibly proud of the team and the way they looked out for each other and kept each other motivated, knowing why we were doing it and showing how important great team spirit is. Thank you to everyone who donated towards the cause. I can only imagine what we’ll do next year!”
The firm’s annual Micro Adventure was inspired by adventurer Alastair Humphrey’s talk at the Inspire Entrepreneurs’ Conference, which spurred Director, Warren Munson, to launch the initiative in 2016. Their maiden adventure saw 20 members of the team travel to Poole’s Brownsea Island on the 14th September 2017 to set up camp for the night. Each member of staff set up their own tent, and together they cooked their dinner over a camping stove, played games and sang songs. The next day they had to pack up and get back to the office for business as usual!
This year’s Micro Adventure has raised £2,680 for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, which will certainly go a long way – £12 can provide a bespoke play bag for a child, £30 can provide a community care kit to use when providing care at home, and £60 can provide vital respite for a family at their home.
If you wish to donate to the cause click here!