Four kind-hearted staff members from City of Sunderland College have successfully raised nearly £2,000 for Oxfam, by taking on a marathon hike across the Yorkshire Dales.
The Trailtrekker 2011 challenge, was made up of 250 inspirational teams from across the UK who collectively agreed to raise more than £30,000 in sponsorship to help people in poverty build a better life.
Marie Appleton, a progression coach at City of Sunderland College’s Usworth Sixth Form was joined by three of her colleagues; Laura Mitford, enrichment officer; David Pounder, lecturer in Sport and Laura Maguire, a receptionist.
The group trained hard to prepare for the challenge, completing the silver distance which is equivalent to 62 km in just 20 hours by choosing to take only minimal breaks and no sleep.
Marie said: “We chose to support Oxfam as it is a charity that is passionate about ending poverty. The funds we have raised are especially valuable as they are not tied to a particular project, so will allow Oxfam to use the money where it’s needed most – such as when the Haiti earthquake struck.
“We raised £1,969 thanks to the support we’ve received from our colleagues, the students, friends and families. I would like to thank everyone who has been kind enough to sponsor us.”
As a global organisation, Oxfam aims to make the biggest possible impact on the lives of poor people worldwide. It concentrates on three interlinked areas of work – emergency response, development work and campaigning for change.
Details on how to donate to the fund can be found at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/sunderlandtrailtrekkerladies