Maritime corporate fundraisers scale new heights for Seafarers UK

This year’s Seafarers UK 24 Peaks Challenge attracted 14 teams from maritime companies who raised more than £67,000 to help seafarers in need, their families and dependants.

Taking place on the weekend of 12-13 July in the UK’s Lake District, the 24 Peaks Challenge is one of the most demanding but rewarding charity team events. Teams of five walkers scale 24 peaks in 24 hours. Each peak on the 32 mile course is over 2,400 feet, including Scafell Pike, the highest in England. The event was sponsored this year by TK Foundation.

Companies taking part included Allmode, Bernhard Shulte Shipmanagement, Carisbrooke Shipping, Carnival UK, InterManager, KVH Media Group, ShipServ, Steamship Mutual and Teekay Shipping. Special congratulations go to the two teams from Carisbrooke Shipping who raised £5,947 each and won the charity’s top fundraisers prize.

Donations to participating teams can still be made here.

‘This year’s 24 Peaks proved to be a great success both for the 14 intrepid teams that took part and for Seafarers UK in terms of the fundraising that it enabled for the charity. The mental and physical feats involved in the challenge are quite something to behold and it requires a really collaborative effort for all the participants from each team to get to the finish line. It is a wonderful event to be involved in, and we are already looking forward to staging it again in 2015’, said Nigel Shattock, Seafarers UK’s Director of Fundraising and Communications.

This year 12 teams managed to complete the gruelling two-day hike, with many of them already pledging to take part again next year as they gathered together in the Sunday evening sun for a barbecue on the shore of Lake Windermere.

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Further media information is available from Nick Harvey at Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org.

Photo: Carisbrooke Shipping won the Seafarers UK top fundraisers prize. From left to right: Dave McDine, Peter Howard, Martin Henry, Gordon Lugsdin, Robert Wester, and Angus Tapp.

Alternative photographs are available to download here.

Notes to Editors

Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. The charity gives money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and the services it funds have a positive impact on all seafarers.

Last year Seafarers UK gave grants totalling £2.5 million to more than 80 maritime welfare charities. Seafarers UK receives no government funding and is heavily dependent on corporate support, public donations and legacies to maintain its grant-making programme.

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