We Did It – 2018 Charity Challenge, The Plod

This year’s challenge was a 40 mile walk around Rutland. We started at around 10pm on Saturday and continued through the night, finishing at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.  This works out as 18 hours allowing for the clocks going back which was fortunate as we had another hour to walk!

The walk really was a challenge and, of the 17 who started, 11 finished the entire 40 miles.

We were walking for the majority of the time besides the two well deserved pub stops, a breakfast stop and a few 5 minute breaks.

It was an experience to say the least and I did enjoy the walk besides the dark, cold, wind, rain and taking very unnecessary detours over muddy fields!

An amazing breakfast was provided by John and Ingrid Ferry which the team at Torr Waterfield are very grateful for.

This was definitely our toughest challenge to date.

We would like to thank everybody that has supported and sponsored us. The walk has raised jut over £7,500 so far for the charity Coping With Cancer.

There is still time to donate. It would be incredible if you could show some support for the team and make a donation small or large, it’s all for a great cause. Please please visit our total giving page www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/torrwaterrutland18

Thanks from all the Team.

There are lots of photos from the walk on our Facebook page but here are a few of our favourites.

 

The Training Continues

With just under 3 weeks until the 40 mile walk around Rutland, I completed my first practice walk. The walk will take place on the 27th of October and should take around 16 hours to complete. The team will be completing the walk for the chosen charity Coping with cancer. For previous updates read the blogs before.

We started just after 9am starting at Bradgate and finished at around 4:30 which calculates to 7 and a half hours including a pub stop. We visited the three peaks, the first being Bradgate park then Beacon Hill and Bardon Hill. The views from the three peaks made the walk worth it. All together I think we walked just under 18 miles. I’m sure the challenge leader took us the wrong way so I think we walked a bit further than planned.

The weather was perfect for the practice walk and thankfully it didn’t rain. I’m not too sure how difficult the 40 mile walk will be because it’s through the night and in the dark. The worst part was the hills which seemed like they didn’t end but hopefully there won’t be any in Rutland were the 40 Mile walk will take place.

I personally found the 18 mile walk possible but I’m not too sure I could do double the amount. Even though I’m going to give it a go and hopefully complete it all. It’s easier to walk when listening to someone tell stories and time does fly and you don’t realise how far you have actually walked.

The team will have to prepare for the walk over night with head torches and plenty of food. At least the walk will be a challenge and I’m looking forward to see how many people take part.

If you would like to show support and sponsor us no matter how small or large you can do so by donating on our Total giving page here. 

Sage Wilkins, Bookkeeper 

The Rutland Plod – TW Challenge 2018

Last year the team, friends and family took part in a 2 day challenge, walking 23 miles per day along The Llyn Peninsula. This year we are challenging ourselves even further by trekking 40 miles around Rutland overnight. This means no time to rest as the team begins the challenge at 10pm on Saturday 27 October and will continue non-stop (except for a few pub breaks!) through into the late afternoon of Sunday 28 October, taking a total of 16 to 18 hours to complete.

After parking our cars Mike Waterfield and Stu Caney will lead the team along the south end of Rutland Water before walking up the west side. This will be a good starting point as it will prevent the group from getting lost in the dark as Rutland Water will be on our right hand side for a couple of hours (around 6 miles).

Shortly after midnight and a short break to recharge, we will cross over the River Gwash, pass through Braunston in Rutland and then make our way south whilst the sun rises. The clocks will have gone back by this point which means we have an early finish! Matt Smith and other members of Torr Waterfield will be meeting us once we reach Morcott at around 9am, when we will then follow the River Welland from Barrowden after breakfast for 6 miles. This will lead us to the built up village of Ketton where we can stop for a bite to eat at around 1pm before eventually getting back to the starting point for 3pm.

We will also be meeting a few others in Ketton who were not able to join us for the whole 40 miles. They will be walking the last 5 miles with us and celebrating the success of completing the challenge!

For any long distance walking challenge there is only one form of training that will ensure you perform well – walking! So in the lead up to the challenge we will be doing a number of training walks to ensure we can endure the whole 40 miles! Our first training walk was last Saturday starting from Bradgate Park and walking 15 miles which took around 6 hours.

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Over the coming weeks we will be posting other blogs to keep you updated on how our training is going and once we complete the challenge we will let you know how tough it was and how much money we raised in total.

The money we raise will be donated to our charity of the year, Coping with Cancer. To find out more about them you can look at our previous blog https://torrwaterfield.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/our-charity-of-the-year-coping-with-cancer/ or visit their website https://www.c-w-c.org.uk/ 

If you would like to show support and sponsor us no matter how small or large you can do so by donating on our just giving page www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/torrwaterrutland18    

Amy Fisher, Fundraising Lead – 0116 2423400

‘The Windermere Way’ – Torrwaterfield’s Team Challenge for 2016

The Windermere Way is a 45 mile walk around England’s largest lake, including a total ascent of 7,300ft.

15 members of Team Torrwaterfield took part in the challenge this year, to raise money for http://www.lampadvocacy.co.uk , our charity of the year.

The challenge was every bit as tough as we expected; we had sore feet, aching muscles and lots of blisters all round.

Thanks to everyone that sponsored us – we smashed our £2,000 target and are currently just short of £2,500.  It is not too late to show your support using our sponsorship page https://www.givey.com/tw2016lwc

We are now looking for suggestions for the 2017 challenge!

Here are a few photos from the 2 days:

The Start: 

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Great Views: 

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Start of Day 2:

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Go on Tom:

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Top of Wansfell:

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Overlooking Ambleside: 

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The Lake:

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The End: Completed ! 

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Stuart Caney, Accounts & Tax 

Torr Waterfield’s Lake Windermere Charity Walk

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Our chosen Charity of the year is ‘LAMP’ – Leicestershire Action for Mental health Project which helps those in mental distress. To raise some money for this amazing cause the Torr Waterfield team are taking on Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England.  Whilst this sounds a bit of a stroll, (the length of the Lake is only 10 1/2 miles), due to the fact that you cannot actually walk along the shore of the lake the total distance to walk around the lake is 45 miles which we are hoping to complete in two days – 24th and 25th September. Leading the group on this 2 day challenge is Mark Torr, Mike Waterfield, Tom Simpson and Stuart Caney.

The challenging walk circumambulates Windermere and includes just about all the accessible lakeshore paths together with ascents of the high points around the lake. It thus offers an ever changing vista of the lake and visits both popular and out of the way places. Although this is a similar distance to last year’s challenge, the terrain of the Lake District is very different to that of the North Norfolk coast!

It would be incredible if you could show some support for the team and make a donation small or large, it’s all for a great cause.
Please Click Here for our donation page.

If you would like to see more of what LAMP do please click here and visit their website or read our blog here.

Charity Of The Year

Each year at Torr Waterfield we choose a charity, local or national, to represent and raise money for.  Previous charities we have supported are The Epilepsy Society, Bamboozle Theatre Company, Keep The Beat and many more.

This year we have chosen L.A.M.P. (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Projects). LAMP works to support those in mental distress in our community. Mental health is often stigmatised within society and as a consequence under-funding for mental health charities is a constant issue. Their advocates support and protect the rights of vulnerable people in mental distress who are often unable to voice their needs and concerns, explain their rights and protect these rights.

Over the course of the next year we will raise money through a variety of activities such as dress down days, staff cake sales and planned events.

On the 10th May we held our annual Torr Waterfield Karting Cup where 12 teams competed in a two hour endurance race. The evening was packed with some memorable moments resulting in £1200 being raised for L.A.M.P

September is when we have our ‘Walking challenge’ where staff, friends and family take part in an organised walk. This year will see us spend two days walking 45 miles of mixed terrain around Lake Windermere.

If you would like to learn more about L.A.M.P.’s services please visit their website http://www.lampdirect.org.uk/ 

Hollie Crown, Office Manager 

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The National Three Peaks Challenge – 36 Days to Go!

The countdown has begun and there are only 36 days till the challenge commences. The whole team have been incredibly busy over the last few weeks cramming in as much training as they can. The team have practised Scafell Pike  whilst also filling their weekends with various other gruelling hikes. The team members involved are Matt Green, Tom Simpson, Mike Waterfield, Stuart Caney, Matt Smith, Bev Atkins, Julia Harrison, Tom Luckett, Becky Edwards along with some of their partners and friends. 

photo (2)Team member Stuart Caney has been putting in lots of training,

“I have previously walked to the top of both Snowdon and Scafell Pike, so I know what I am letting myself in for… and I am NOT looking forward to it!

For a bunch of accountants who sit behind a desk all day, this is going to be a really tough challenge!

We have all been training hard, clocking up a lot of miles and trying to incorporate as many hills as possible along the way (we recently walked the ‘3 peaks of Charnwood’… same thing, right?)

Hopefully all the training will pay off and we will all A) survive, and B) get round in less than 24 hours.” 

The next team practice is Mount Snowdon which will be the 9th June. Here are some pictures from the Scafell Pike hike and a few from other hikes the team have been on.

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It would be great if you could show our team some support  and make a donation small or large, its all going to a great charity who fully deserve it. You can donate by text or online.

To donate by SMS, simply text: ‘BAMB11’ followed by the amount you wish to donate to ‘70070’. 

eg,  To donate £5:                                To donate £10:
       BAMB11 £5  to 70070                    BAMB11 £10  to 70070

or donate through Virgin Money Giving;

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/bamboozlehikers

Many Thanks for your kind support. 

Bradgate Park Training Walk

The first weekend of April saw the three peaks challenge members take on another training walk. The members headed to Bradgate Park where they spent three hours walking the paths and hilly terrain. Bev Atkins took part in the walk and took lots of pictures which can be seen below. Here is why Bev decided to take on the challenge.

“As my friends and colleagues know well I am never one to turn down a challenge, so when Tom Simpson strolled into the office one afternoon declaring “I’ve found our next challenge” my ears pricked up. Tom went on to explain that Bamboozle were organising a fundraising challenge and that we could get involved to help support their excellent work, so far so good, someone else had come up with idea we just needed to get involved. Then he revealed that it was the Three Peaks Challenge, I have to admit I did have to think about this one for a few minutes as it’s no mean feat in just 24 hours, but then again what’s the point if it’s easy… so I was in from the start. I have been involved in previous walking challenges that Torr Waterfield have organised so i know what I’m letting myself in for, although I think this is the toughest one yet. I am already a member of a gym (and actually go regularly) this is just an added incentive to keep it up and I am also trying to get as much hill walking practice in as possible. I wouldn’t say I’m competitive… but I do not want to be the last one down the mountain and will be disappointed if I don’t make the target time, so it’s full steam ahead on the training.”

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Here is one of the many reasons why we have decided to support the fantactic charity Bamboozle.

This is from the carer of James after one Bamboozle session. 

“Amazing!!  My student gets very little pleasure from day to day activities.  He is very sensitive, totally blind, not happy with physical touch and spends a lot of his day self-harming.  He wears a boxing helmet to protect his face from the harm and is usually covered in blankets for comfort.  Today he sat through the whole Bamboozle experience with minimum blankets, his helmet off and his head held high.  He laughed and rocked and vocalised to the show.  He welcomed the sensory touch and quite obviously enjoyed every bit of the show.  Staff were brought to tears to see his interaction.  Words cannot express what Bamboozle brings to students at Hollybank.  Thank you so much!!”
Jill Vandesande, Hollybank Trust, Yorkshire.

If you want to learn more about the fantastic work Bamboozle do then take a look at their website (click here) and if your feeling generous then why not make a donation at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/bamboozlehikers

torrwaterfield are taking on The Three Peaks

Back in 2009 Torr Waterfield completed the Yorkshire three peaks challenge. Well that was just the warm up…..now it’s time for the real thing. The Torr Waterfield team are taking on all three peaks Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden.

The aim is to complete the three peaks in 24 hours and raise as much money as possible for Bamboozle Theatre Charity. Please click here to take a look at the wonderful work they do. 

The Basic Outline of the challenge:

Friday 28th June – Travel to Fort William (420 miles – 8 hours) & stay overnight

Saturday 29th June – 5pm start climbing Ben Nevis (1344 meters – 10.5 miles up and down)

10pm – Finish Ben Nevis and start drive to Scafell Pike (245 miles – 6 hours)

Sunday 30th June – 4am Arrive and start climbing Scafell Pike (978 meters – 6 miles up and down)

8am Finish Scafell Pike and start drive to Snowdon (213 miles – 5 Hours)

1pm Arrive and start climbing Snowdon (Miners track) (1058 meters – 8 miles up and down)

5pm FINISH Snowdon

Over the next few months leading up to the challenge there will be lots of training (and no doubt lots of blisters). We will keep you posted each week with how the training is going, the donations being raised and why members of the team chose to take on the demanding challenge.