Openreach Volunteers Hike ‘Mam Tor,’ Raising £4,000 for Cancer Research UK

A group of dedicated volunteers from Openreach ventured into the Peak District to raise over £4,000 for Cancer Research UK, in memory of two of their colleagues. More than 130 Openreach employees recently undertook an 11-mile hike from Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire, conquering the iconic ‘Mam Tor.’

Dubbed the ‘Great Central Hike,’ this fundraising event was organized by Openreach’s Midlands team, driven by their commitment to supporting Cancer Research UK, a charity deeply significant to the participants. For many of the engineers, this journey was a poignant tribute to two colleagues who lost their lives to cancer.

Ben Coales, a member of Openreach’s fibre team and the event’s organizer, expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishment. He acknowledged that the hike posed a considerable challenge for some participants, but the collective effort was for a noble cause.

Cancer Research UK holds a vital role in the areas where Openreach operates, making it all the more important for the company to contribute to fundraising. The event held additional significance as the team remembered the lives of two cherished colleagues, Ian and Trev, who passed away earlier in the year.

Ben Coales also highlighted the event’s value in bringing the team together outside of the workplace, allowing them to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Peak District countryside. This initiative not only showcased the team’s dedication but also their deep sense of community and their willingness to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Jonny Rae

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