Colleagues at Stoke-on-Trent building products manufacturer BAL (part of the ARDEX Group), are taking on a 25,000-mile charity challenge for the Dougie Mac in memory of a former team member who sadly passed away from cancer.
Following the passing of Avril Worrall, the team at Building Adhesives wanted to do something to make a difference and bring people closer together in her memory.
Avril was a key member of the Building Adhesives and ARDEX Group R&D and Quality team for 21 years and is sadly missed by her many friends and colleagues at the company.
Joe Myatt-Winterton, QC controller, decided to organise a fundraising challenge in aid of Douglas Macmillan hospice – the Worrall family’s nominated charity who did so much to support Avril during her fight.
From February, people at the company have been encouraged to “Journey around the Worrall”, a play on the word world – by walking, running, swimming, cycling or even rowing to complete 25,000 miles; equivalent to travelling around the world across the equator.
Anyone can contribute to the distance goal with any physical activity that can be measured in distance.
Myatt-Winterton said: “This is an extremely difficult challenge, but is designed to be challenging to raise as much money as possible for Douglas Macmillan hospice, and to require that we all come together to contribute – doing events and walks in groups to remember Avril and to try and provide a little happiness and support to each other; something that Avril always did for those around her.”
Individual miles travelled are added to the grand total that currently stands at 8,878 miles, which is more than a third of the way through their target.
The team are eager for more people to join in and of course any donations are greatly appreciated by Dougie Mac and everyone taking part in the Journey around the Worrall. People can support the challenge and keep updated with progress by donating via the Just Giving Page.