InTechnology raises £1,500 for Syrian crisis in Oxfam charity challenge


The event, which saw over 304 competing teams take part, consisted of a 62 mile trek through four set checkpoints within a time limit of just 30 hours.

The InTechnology team, which consisted of Tim Wilkinson (divisional director of customer services), James Purcell (applications & infrastructure support manager), Gavin Lowrie (application support team leader) and Mark Kirby (applications support specialist), trained for over three months to prepare for the challenge.

Mark Kirby said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have raised £1,565 for Oxfam, and whilst we weren’t the fastest team out of the 304 that competed, we had an absolute blast. The charity has been doing invaluable work in Syria and we are honoured to be able to play a part in aiding more than a million refugees that have fled neighbouring countries since the crisis started last year.

‘It has been a tough three months of training and an even tougher 30 hours of trekking, but we feel it was worth it. We would also like to extend our thanks to friends, family and colleagues that have supported us through kind donations.’

The Oxfam Trailtrekker and Trailwalker events originally started in 1981 in Hong Kong as a training exercise by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals; however in 1997 with the handover of Hong Kong to China, the Gurka regiments were relocated to the UK. With them they brought the Trailtrekker event, which now takes place in 12 countries worldwide.

Celebrity supporter of Trailtrekker Julia Bradbury said, ‘Trailtrekker is a great way to explore the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales while doing something incredible for a great cause. I’ve always loved being outdoors, exploring new places and taking on a challenge. Trailtrekker is all of these things.

‘Walking for 30 hours and climbing the equivalent of Ben Nevis and Snowdon is tough. It takes serious determination and will probably be the hardest thing you’ll ever do – but the sense of achievement at the finish line blows you away. Not only do you complete an epic physical challenge, but you also help support Oxfam’s incredible development work.’

Anyone still wanting to make a donation to the Oxfam ‘Trailtrekker’ can do so on the InTechnology team page:

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