Helping groups and individuals do great things for others is at the heart of the MERKUR Initiative programme which recently helped the company’s Sharon Lewis raise over £7,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The MERKUR Initiative programme, which has been created to provide support for individuals and worthy causes that make an important contribution to their community and broader society, has stepped up to assist Sharon Lewis, a Marketing Executive based at the company’s Milton Keynes head office.
Sharon was nominated as one of the first MERKUR Initiative beneficiaries having completed the Macmillan Mighty Hike Challenge, a 26-mile hike that took her from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle along the stunning Northumberland Coast.
The support Sharon received from MERKUR Initiative took her group’s fundraising total to over £7,500, a figure which smashed their original target. She explained: “Two of my cousins had received treatment for bowel cancer so we decided to do the hike as a group of 12 family and friends aged between 17 and 54-years old.”
Sharon added: “Although I’d prepared for the 26- miles training with my cousin every week, nothing could have prepared us for the extreme weather conditions which saw the temperature hit 30 degrees without any breeze. My family is from Cumbria and I can tell you that’s unheard of!”
Such were the conditions that four of the group had to withdraw due to heat stroke something that Sharon succumbed to after crossing the finishing line. “After I completed the 26- miles I started cramping and generally feeling awful, which I later found out was heat exhaustion” she stated. “It was a great experience, with great company and most importantly with the kind assistance of sponsorship from colleagues and the MERKUR Initiative programme we raised not far short of £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support which does such a fantastic job helping people who are living with cancer. Would I do it again – absolutely but perhaps not when it’s 30 degrees!”