Silbury Ltd, with their head office in Banbury, have been long-term supporters of Katharine House Hospice and they have always been very dedicated to supporting local charities and the community. By supporting the community in this way, they are helping to create a better place for their staff, clients and suppliers to live and work.   

In June 2022, eight intrepid team members from Silbury Ltd took part in the Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge and raised £2,000 for the hospice. This was a 10-hour endurance challenge in the Brecon Beacons and involved a cycling race, a hike to the top of Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, and canoeing on the beautiful Pontsticill reservoir. Two teams of four took part in the ultra-challenge event, which created some healthy in-house competition.

Endurance feat

The two teams trained for over two months before they kitted themselves out with all the essentials, such as compasses, first aid kits, survival kits and food suppliers and on 10 June 2022, Paul Mawdsley, Oliver Harriott, Louise De Leon, Aga Przypolski, David Page, Mike Roberts, Dave Savage and Manna Miah set out to South Wales to take on the endurance race in the Brecon Beacons.

Director David Page who took part in the challenge, said: "We successfully completed the endurance challenge within 10 hours, which we were delighted with. It was a fantastic day, hiking, cycling and canoeing in the Brecon Beacons. We are delighted to have raised £2,000 for the charity and thank everyone that supported us with this."

Samworth Brothers are a client of Silbury Ltd and the challenge event has been running for a number of years, but because of covid the challenge was put on hold for a while. The team at Silbury were busy planning their involvement in the event for over 18 months before it took place.

Mass participation

The event ran over the whole weekend, with the nervous, yet excited participants, arrived on Friday for a de-brief. The teams started the challenge early on the Saturday morning and in the evening, once the challenge was completed, a celebration and awards night was held. Roughly 20 teams of four took part, plus there was a Super Tough Challenge Event with another 20 teams of four, with approximately 80 people taking part overall. All teams that took part were raising money for their chosen charity.

Marketing Manager Louise De Leon said: "As a local business we are passionate about supporting our local community and we wanted to participate in this event to raise as much money as possible for Katharine House Hospice. The charity plays such an important role in the area and the difference it makes to people’s lives is remarkable. We are looking forward to doing many more fundraising events with KHH in the future."

Thank you to Silbury for choosing to support Katharine House Hospice and nominating us as their chosen charity to raise funds at this event. Also, a massive thank you to all the teams that got involved and took part in the gruelling challenge!

Supporting Katharine House Hospice

So, do your employees have what it takes to take part in an ultra-challenge?

The fundraising team organise lots of challenge events throughout the year or, like Silbury Ltd, you can take part in an independent challenge, organised by a third party and still raise money for our hospice.

The fundraising team can guide you through your fundraising journey and offer support along the way. If you are interested in taking part in an ultra-challenge then contact [email protected] or check out our events page to see what’s on offer.

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