Rennie Grove Hospice Care puts on a variety of physical events throughout the calendar year. One in particular that comes around each year without fail is The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge. Returning on Sunday 4 September, this challenge invites participants to take on a five, nine or 18 mile long trek around the stunning surroundings of the Chilterns Ridgeway. Local company, Buckinghamshire Building Society, based in Chalfont St Giles, has signed up a team to take part in the challenge, as well as sponsoring the event.
Andrew Craddock, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Building Society, explains his connection with the charity: “During my father’s illness, the Rennie Grove nurses came to my parents’ house regularly and provided essential, professional care to my father as well offering my mother support and help when she needed it. My mother was full of praise for Rennie Grove and extremely grateful to the amazing nurses that came to the house during this time.” The Buckinghamshire Building Society has had a long relationship with Rennie Grove and has donated to them on several occasions. This year however, Andrew felt more of a ‘hands on’ approach would be more beneficial;
“I wanted to get the staff and company more actively involved in the charity. A great way to do this is to take part in an event and offer sponsorship. We have proudly donated money for the purchase of the event t-shirts as well as helping with the overall promotion of the event. I am also pleased to say we have a great, enthusiastic team taking part. They have made their own choices on which challenge to face in the form of the five, nine or 18 mile walks. We will be working towards raising money as a team to help this worthwhile cause.”
Whilst some of the staff have taken part in The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge in previous years, Andrew admits that most of them are new to this event and so in preparation are embarking on some practice walks, “We have decided to do some training walks throughout August, taking in some of the local hills to get some good practice. It’s a great way to get fit and see a bit of the countryside.” Andrew also revealed that he has worked out how many steps you are likely to complete if you were to take on the challenge, “You will easily complete the recommended 10,000 steps a day if you take part. If you were to do the nine mile route, you would do on average between 17,865 and 21,213 steps depending on your height.”
If you are interested in signing up a team for The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge go to: www.renniegrove.org/chilterns3peaks