- October 4, 2019
- Posted by: OIA Admin
- Category: Member News
A six-strong team of Directors and Managers from Mountain Sports retailer Ellis Brigham have just returned from Snowdonia after proving they are more than happy to take on an outdoor challenge in the name of a good cause.
The very first Youth Adventure Trust Hike, Bike & Paddle event, took place on 31st September and involved an 18km climb to the top of Snowdon, a 45km bike ride and a 3km paddle.
Set up some twenty-five years ago, the YAT offers various free outdoor adventures to vulnerable children to enable them to acquire the skills and confidence needed to face their personal challenges.
Speaking after his gruelling challenge Mark Brigham said, “This was the toughest challenge I’ve ever done but I’m so pleased we did it and so proud of our team. I’d hoped that they’d be more companies involved in the UK outdoor industry joining us to raise money for such a fantastic charity and I have high hopes for next year that this can become an annual industry get together.”
The Ellis Brigham team, Mark and Robert Brigham, Retail Director: Chris Rigg, Sales Manager: Peter Darch and store Managers: Matt Hills and Theo Wheale, battled torrential rain to complete the challenge in under 10 hours and raised over £2000 in the process.
The total raised from the event is set to be over £12,000 which will be used to support the work of the Youth Adventure Trust throughout their three-year programme.