On September 4, 2016 a team of 17 individuals, including four KMF employees, began a 43-mile trek through the Pyrenees Mountains. Why? In the hope of raising £40,000 for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
The week-long challenge included trekking through rocky ridges, beech forests and mountain lakes, reaching a height of 2,522 metres before descending into Spain.
Not only did the physical exhaustion make the challenge extremely difficult, but the imperfect weather made both sleeping and staying positive a separate effort. In addition, the team had to carry their own kit (16kg), set up their own tents and cook all of their own food.
Despite the difficulties, the team made us proud and completed the challenge, raising over £63,000 for Douglas Macmillan in Stoke. This amazing achievement gets KMF well on our way to our fundraising target of £100,000.
Douglas Macmillan Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults across North Staffordshire and surrounding areas who face cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Care is provided at the hospice and in people's homes across the community.
Here is how KMF Director, Terry Stanway summarised the experience ...
"The Chemin De La Liberte challenge was initially a "suggestion" for something a little different, which could potentially provide us with an opportunity to help KMF break the £100k fundraising barrier with DMH during 2016.
It very quickly became a reality as we were inundated with requests from colleagues, friends and local businesses to join the Freedom Trail Team.
The target was set at what seemed at the time to be an optimistic target of £40k, but the final 19-strong team have managed to reach £63k at the time of going to press.
The whole 12-month experience has been stressful, complicated and time-consuming but has ultimately resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime trip, with a group of people who I hope will remain friends for a long time to come...
The fantastic and still growing total is the icing on the cake."
You can still support the KMF team and this great cause by donating here
Other Team members included employees of Dougie Mac, TR Fastenings, Adept Vehicle Management, Kier, Stoke-on-Trent council, Brown Recycling and GEP LTD.