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BGL trek team comes face to face with the Great Wall of China

Immediate release: 29 June 2012

23 employees from the BGL Group have successfully completed a demanding charity trek, raising more than £100,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Employees from across the Group's sites in Peterborough, Sunderland and Coventry teamed up to complete a nine-day trek along the steep terrain of China's infamous Great Wall.

This was BGL Group's second Charity Trek, conducted in support of its corporate charity partner, Marie Curie Cancer Care. The adventure involved the team of trekkers walking for up to nine hours a day along very steep and rugged sections of the Great Wall. Following each day's trekking, the team experienced the warm hospitality and home cooking of local villagers and camped out under the stars.

Karina Moore, from Fusion Peterborough, said: "My adventure to the Great Wall of China is an experience I will never forget - from the spectacular views to the local villagers that showed us such wonderful hospitality and kindness. It also provided me with the unique opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from across the business and create some wonderful memories of our fundraising events."

The group was selected from more than 120 initial applications from BGL employees. Each trekker was challenged to raise £3,500 to earn their place on the trip. The funds were raised via a host of innovative events and stunts, including quizzes, executive charity auctions, sponsored bible reading and off-road mountain biking. The BGL Group made an initial donation of £25,000 to get the team started. The trek team smashed its collective target, with the total raised equivalent to more than £4,500 per person.

Kate Thornton, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care said: "For 23 trekkers to have fundraised such a huge amount of money, in less than eight months, is no small feat and a real testament to their passion and commitment to the cause. Time and again BGL staff go above and beyond to ensure the most funds possible are raised from all their endeavors. We are so thankful for all their hard work and enthusiasm throughout our partnership. The funds raised from this trek alone will provide 5,000 hours of Marie Curie nursing care - enabling more terminally ill people to spend their final days at home, surrounded by their loved ones."

BGL China Trek