Time for a rest after Big Ben charity trek

Driver hire Gatwick have raised more than �3000 for Save the Children. Pic Steve Robards SR1525467 SUS-151022-201150001

Driver hire Gatwick have raised more than �3000 for Save the Children. Pic Steve Robards SR1525467 SUS-151022-201150001

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It’s time for a rest for staff at a Gatwick based business after they raised more than £2,000 in a charity walk to Britain’s most iconic clock tower.

The recruitment team at Driver Hire Gatwick decided to spend a weekend trekking 55 miles from their office’s in Gatwick to Big Ben, in Westminster, and back again to raise funds for charity Save the Children.

Nic Chaviaris, owner of Driver Hire Gatwick said: “Last year we did a triathalon which raised £1,400 for Save the Children. This was even harder; the hardest thing we’ve ever done.

“We started at 9.00am on Saturday and finished 24 hours later at 9.00am on Sunday – with no sleep!”

Walking alongside Nic were his recruitment team which included Curt Bean, Jim McElligot and Tom Foster.

The walk was the latest in a series of challenges the team at Drive Hire Gatwick have undertaken.

The whole project was conceived and planned by the team including the route and refreshment stops, no easy task across the maze of roads and footpaths which make up Greater London.

“It took us about a week to recover,” said Nic. “When we got back to work we were all hobbling around the office like old men.

“My feet were wrecked. But it was well worth it, both as a team-building exercise and, more importantly, because the walk raised £2,136.

“Combined with the triathalon, that’s £3,500 over the past two years.”

Helena Wiltshire, a spokesperson for Save the Children, said: “The outpouring of support from the British public has been outstanding.

“The fundraising walk by Driver Hire in Gatwick is further proof just how much everybody wants to support the child refugee crisis.

“So far this year, more than 380,000 desperate people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Tragically 2,850 people have died or are missing and nearly 9,000 children have arrived in Europe without any parents or family at all.

“This is unacceptable, no child should be left behind.

“Thank you to all those who donated their money and of course thank you to the people of Gatwick who have shown such generosity and eagerness to support child refugees.”

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