Initially they set a target of £5,000, but this was reached within days of announcing the challenge. They revised the figure to £8,000 for Leukaemia UK and Young Lives Vs Cancer, but this too was quickly exceeded.
Organiser, Andy Clements, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: ‘’We were completely overwhelmed by the level of support we have received, which helped to spur on the whole team when the going was tough. The constant support and well-wishes were invaluable!
‘Some of us found it more difficult than others especially the large hills on the first day but I think we can safely say that we all enjoyed the experience despite that we will not be jumping back in the saddle any time soon!’
Generous friends, colleagues and clients all pitched in to support Leukamia UK and Young Lives Vs Cancer. Many Gift Aided their donations adding to the final sum. Gift Aid allows charities to reclaim the tax on donations from UK tax payers effectively increasing the amount of the donation at no extra cost to the donor.
The demanding trek has been inspired by three-year-old Henry Mellor, son of Tom Mellor, one of the Partners at Sedgemoor.
Henry was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2021 and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
Tom and his family stayed in accommodation provided by Young Lives Vs Cancer while Henry was treated at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Andy Clements explained: “This has brought the effects of cancer closer to home for the agricultural team at Sedgemoor and we wanted to raise as much money as possible to support two very worthy charities.”
The team comprised James Wotton, Jamie Batt, Rob Baker, Harriet Pike, Emily Roberts, Charlotte Scott, Ryan Doble and Andy Clements. Tom Mellor followed as support crew.
Young Lives Vs Cancer helps families who have children with cancer with day-to-day assistance, accommodation for families during hospital visits, financial and bereavement support. Leukaemia UK funds groundbreaking research and care for those affected by leukaemia and other blood cancers.
More details on the charities can be found at their respective websites: www.younglivesvscancer.org.uk and www.leukaemiauk.org.uk