BIG-HEARTED staff from British Telecom in Solihull are standing up to cancer.
Silhillians Jenny Akers and Nick Lake are part of a team tackling a 100-mile hike in a bid to raise £30,000 for Stand Up To Cancer.
They will be setting off from Prestatyn in North Wales on Monday, September 25, and walking part of the historic Offa’s Dyke trail which marks the border between England and Wales.
Their five-day challenge will finish in Powys, mid-Wales, on Friday (September 30).
Jenny and Nick will be teaming up with colleagues from around the country, with other staff joining them daily for different stages of the walk.
Most of the participants have been affected by cancer in some way.
Business development manager Jenny said: “I’ve seen a number of family members and close family friends lose their battle with cancer. So I’m walking in support of Stand Up To Cancer to help raise money for vital research into the disease.
“Having never owned a pair of hiking boots before June, I’m looking forward to the sense of achievement from completing the walk, and burning a few calories and extra pounds along the way as I raise money for this great cause.”
Meanwhile in Solihull, more than 100 BT colleagues will be setting off on their bikes to tackle a 175-mile trip from Birmingham Business Park and back, taking in Cheltenham, Oxford and the Cotswolds,
Staff at BT hope to raise a total of £80,000 for the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.
Steve Mingo from Dorridge, has warmed up for the event by completing a 60-mile bike ride for the British Heart Foundation.
He said: “I enjoyed that experience so was keen to take part in this event. I’m sure most of us have known or heard of someone who has been affected by cancer. I’m relishing completing this bike ride whilst raising money for such a good cause.”
Visit https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/tourdebt2017 to support the campaign.