Gary Auld, Technical Consultant of leading lifting solutions specialist GGR Group has helped raise over £300 for the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and The Great North Air Ambulance.
Gary took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks earlier this month, which comprised of walking 24 miles that included the peaks of Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough within a 12 hour time frame.
The walk was completed in 11 hours and 20 minutes, an impressive 40 minutes under the expected finish time for the walk, covering a total of 24.6 miles.
Gary said “We were pleased to be able to finish the walk in under the 12 hour average time, the walk didn’t come without its challenges but it was good to see the helicopters in action as we walked along the paths, they were delivering stones to help organise the paths for walkers to keep them safe on route”.
Graeme Riley, GGR’s CEO, said “As a company we regularly support a number of charitable organisations throughout the year, but it’s great to see staff doing this kind of thing on their own accord and supporting worthy causes”.
All at GGR are really proud of Gary for giving up his own time to take part in this challenge to raise money for two great causes. We encourage all staff to do their bit for charity where possible and it’s great to see this happening”.
All in all money was raised for two fantastic causes: The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team comprises 45 members, all unpaid volunteers, who are available at all times of the day and night, 365 days per year, to assist those in distress and lost on the mountains of the Lake District. Currently, they turn out to 140 callouts each year.
The Great North Air Ambulance flies three air ambulance helicopters across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. They bring pioneering pre-hospital care to the scene, rescuing hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year. They need to raise £4.5m a year to keep their three aircraft flying, relying upon public donations, so any contribution can make a huge difference.
GGR Group are Europe’s leading supplier of vacuum handling equipment, compact pick and carry cranes, UNIC mini spider cranes and restricted access lifting machinery.
The business was established in 1995 by brother and sister team Graeme and Gill Riley, who now hold the posts of chief executive and managing director respectively.
From small beginnings, the company employs over 100 people across three UK sites; its headquarters in Oldham, near Manchester; Long Crendon in Buckinghamshire and at Blantyre in Scotland. The company also has a network of around 30 dealers across Europe and the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier this year, it won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.