Staff from Aston Shaw’s payroll team have completed a 52-mile walk from the source of the River Yare in Dereham to the mouth in Gorleston. They did this all within 24 hours in varied and difficult weather conditions, including 29-degree heat, torrential rain and strong winds.
The challenge, named ‘Mission Yare’, raised over a thousand pounds for East Anglian Air Ambulance, a charity that receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from the public.
Payroll Manager, Ben Revell, said: “Mission Yare was no walk in the park! Walking for 52-miles without sleep and in awful weather conditions took a toll on the team but by the end of it we all felt a great sense of pride. It’s a charity that’s close to my heart and so I was delighted when I learned we raised over one thousand pounds.”
Fellow team member, Gary White, added: “Approximately 10 miles in we saw a helicopter from East Anglian Air Ambulance fly overhead, and this gave the team and I a boost that carried us through to the end. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved as I know the money raised will be put to good use, potentially saving someone’s life.”
In total, each member of the team walked 120,000 steps and climbed 3,485ft (as high as Mount Snowdon) all within just 24 hours. If you would like to donate, you can still do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aston-shaw-team-payroll.
East Anglian Air Ambulance exists to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or car to seriously ill or injured people in the region. They are a life-saving charity that is only kept airborne thanks to its supporters.