Colleagues at Co-op’s Keyworth, Nottingham, store “stepped-up” up to the challenge of raising almost £500 for mental health charity MIND by climbing stairs in the shop equivalent in height to Mount Everest.
Nineteen colleagues at the Wolds Drive Co-op took it in turns to take part in the fundraising bid, walking up and down over 100,000 steps in total over seven days as part of a training regime for a 12 day trek to the base camp of Mount Everest which had been planned for November – the expedition would see 20 Co-op colleagues trekking to Everest Base Camp at over 17,500 ft, and raising thousands of pounds for local causes.
Money raised by the store’s stair climb is to be donated to MIND – Co-op is committed to creating healthier, happier communities and has partnered with the charity to work closely together to make mental health a priority in communities.
Store Manager, Trevor Rigley, said: “It was great fun, and useful training for when we can trek to the real Everest’s Base Camp. I would like to thank everyone who took part, and helped raise such a great sum for Mind. Monies which will contribute to helping to provide mental health support and services in communities.”
Simon Taylor, Co-op Area Manager, said: “I am so proud of the Co-op team, they have worked tirelessly over recent months to keep shelves stocked, communities fed and spirits high – they really are local heroes. Mental wellbeing in our communities is an area that needs our support. It’s also one of those issues people still find difficult to talk about, despite the fact it can affect any of us at any time – the team had a fantastic week working together to raise funds and awareness which will help to provide mental health support.”