After working with the good people at the Royal Liverpool – or to give you the full name, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust – we’ve become quite close to the team in the charity side.
The Royal is going through an incredible transformation. The new building will be the biggest new build hospital in the UK, costing £429 million and we are honoured to be part of their story.
We created the R Charity brand, a project that has given us incredible satisfaction, and one that attracted some national interest.
Working with the charity team made us realise the significance of the work they do, and the importance that fundraisers make. So we rallied together to play our part.
Rather than ease our way in with a nice little sponsored silence, or a 5k jog around Sefton Park, we’ve jumped in with both feet, 14 of us, hiking boots over shoulders.
Clearly trying to live up to our mantra, we’re going beyond, and perhaps going beyond without the preparation required when you consider the task at hand.
On Saturday 13 September we will be taken to the foot of Ben Nevis for a walk up Britain’s highest mountain, followed by a 20km cycle and a canoe across Loch Lochy.
We’ve committed ourselves to raising £10k. We’re working hard, turning to long lost family and selling coffees to other Uniform team members on a Monday morning – coffee that is normally free of charge!
We have tried to get into shape. On canoeing, we took to the gusty shores of Crosby in a bid to distinguish a paddle from an oar, and to establish the best technique to stay upright and dry.
We’ve walked up Moel Famou in North Wales – it’s no Ben Nevis, but it was still an eye opener for some of us novices.
We have borrowed bikes and begun cycling into work.
And in lunchtimes, we’ve been ‘training’ with a walk up the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tower, supported by two lifts and a packet of Wotsits.
We’re committed to this challenge! And more than that, very committed to R Charity. We’re looking for sponsors, and you can help us by clicking here, and donating to our team and a brilliant cause. Signals permitting, you can keep tabs of our progress on twitter.