Garenne aim to raise £24,024 for Guernsey & Jersey Cheshire Homes

September 29th, 2012 by Garenne Group Limited

Garenne employees that took part in the 24 Peaks Challenge in aid of Guernsey Cheshire Homes (click image to expand - image courtesy of Garenne Group - ©Steve Sarre)

Garenne Group employees will be tackling the 24 Peaks Challenge on the weekend of 29 and 30 September 2012 to raise money  for the Guernsey and Jersey Cheshire Homes.

The team, which has already raised £10,000, is aiming to raise £24,024 for the two charities by climbing 24 peaks in the Lake District, each over 2,400 feet, within the 24 hour time limit.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of clients, contractors, friends and family who have helped us reach this amazing sum of money before the team even climbs one of the many thousands of feet they will this weekend,” said Andy Hall, Garenne Group chief executive officer, who will be travelling with the team as support.

“The 24 Peaks Challenge is one of the most demanding endurance events available as a charity challenge but the team has been training hard and the fact that they have almost reached the halfway point of their fundraising target will be a huge incentive.”

The team leaves Guernsey on Friday, 28 September 2012 and will begin the climb early the next day. Before they leave, the team will be visiting the Guernsey Cheshire Home to meet some of the residents.

Guernsey Cheshire Home entrance (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“We decided that visiting the Guernsey Cheshire Home before we left would give us a better understanding of the challenges the residents face on a daily base and that the organisations have to deal with as they attempt to raise the money needed each year to provide the invaluable services they do,” said Mark Palfrey, joint managing director of RG Falla, who has also committed to the challenge.

Mr Palfrey will be joined by John Waterman, Russell Bailey, Danielle Hanley, Paul Salazar, James Travers, David Stuart, Richard Kalvis, Richard Breban, Deb Thompson, Nathan Crabb, Richard Moore and Adam Dorey as well as Stuart Green and Monika Markowska from Jersey.

The event, which takes place in the Lake District, will see the team climb some of the UK’s more famous peaks including Red Pike, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Great Gable.

The team will climb ten of the peaks and walk 17.5 miles on day one, and then after a brief sleep, they will then walk another 14 miles and climb a total of more than 13,000 feet to complete the challenge.

All of the money raised will be split between the Guernsey and Jersey Cheshire Homes, which provide care for people with serious physical disabilities in as close to a family atmosphere as possible.

The charities provide support for adults living with disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, stroke and spinal injury and provides them with the right to live a life of their choosing.

The Cheshire Homes in both islands also offer a very important lifeline for disabled people who require day care or short stay care and provides a respite for those who care for them.

The Guernsey Cheshire Home requires £1 million a year to provide the care it does. In Jersey the running costs are between £4 million and £5 million.

Neither facility receives direct funding from the States of Guernsey or States of Jersey of from the Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Although in Jersey, there is a charge for services, both homes rely heavily on the generosity of islands to raise the money needed each year.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can go to the Garenne 24 Peak Challenge JustGiving webpage or send a cheque made out to ‘Garenne Construction Ltd’ and posted to Garenne House, Rue de la Cache, St Sampson, Guernsey GY2 4AF.

Please visit the Garenne 24 Peak Challenge webpage for further information.


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