Senior CALA team completes gruelling Highlands charity challenge

CALA’S management board have taken part in a Highlands marathon-walking challenge, raising more than £14,500 for charity.

A team of nine participated in The Glencoe Challenge 2021 alongside young people’s charity, the Lord’s Taverners, which provides opportunities for young people with disabilities and those from deprived areas to engage in sport and recreational activities.

The 26.2-mile route started in Glencoe, went up through the Glen, over the Devil’s staircase through the Lairig Mor (the big pass) to Glen Nevis, finishing at the foot of Ben Nevis, capturing a collective incline of more than 500m.

The team included CALA’s chief executive Kevin Whittaker and was made up of people who had travelled from Edinburgh, Stirlingshire, Linlithgow, the Midlands and West Sussex.

Kevin Whitaker said, “We were looking for a challenge that could bring us all together and reinforce our strength as a collaborative team. The walk was incredibly challenging, but the team kept each other going and it was an unforgettable experience. We were delighted to be supporting the Lord’s Taverners and their great work and we are hugely grateful not only to our colleagues but to friends and business associates who have been incredibly generous in sponsoring us.

“CALA has always been committed to having a positive impact and our people across the UK show an incredible passion for making a difference, from individual fundraising and local community work, to participation in our national schemes and charity partnerships. We are delighted with the funds raised for the Lord’s Taverners and hope they will go a long way in supporting them with their vital work.”

Nicky Pemberton, director of programmes and growth from the Lord’s Taverners, added, “We’d like to thank everyone at CALA Group for taking on such a gruelling challenge to support our work with disadvantaged and disabled young people. It was a phenomenal effort from everyone taking part and to raise so much money is an amazing achievement, and it will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of young people. On behalf of all the young people who benefit from our life-changing work, we can’t say thank you enough.”