Equipment supplier The GGM Group will be undertaking a new challenge to raise funds for charity.
The Colne-based company was unable to complete this year’s charity walking event – to climb the three highest peaks in England – due to the current restrictions in the Lake District imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Managing director Chris Gibson therefore decided to undertake the challenge in a different way.
He has pledged to travel from his home town of Lancaster to the business’ head office in Colne and then back again, covering a distance of approximately 100 miles through a combination of cycling and walking. The walking element will cover the Lancashire Witches Walk which passing through the Forest of Pendle, the town of Clitheroe and the Forest of Bowland to finish at Lancaster Castle.
Chris explains: “Last year, the GGM team completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in aid of our company charity, Greenfingers, and we were looking forward to this year’s event.
“As part of the government’s initiative to get us back to work via walking or cycling, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to continue our fundraising. I’ve decided to create my own version, which adheres to government guidelines and so I will be cycling to work from Lancaster and then walk home over the Lancashire Witches Walk.
“I’ve chosen this route because it was created to mark the 400th anniversary of the trail of the ‘Lancashire Witches’ held at Lancaster Castle and I wanted to recognise the injustice and prejudice of the past and the need continue to fight to remove these from society today. Our team will be participating in our efforts, with people undertaking different legs in pairs, to enable social distancing.”
Chris Gibson adds: “It’s a key part of our ethos at The GGM Group to give something back to the local community, so for this event we’ve decided to support both St John’s Hospice in Lancaster and Pendleside Hospice in Burnley, as local charities who are desperately in need of funds at this time, alongside Greenfingers, our nominated company charity
“As we all adapt to the “new normal”, becoming more environmentally aware is a key part our business strategy and we are currently working with East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce undertaking ISO14001 accreditation–the small things like staff walking or cycling to walk all make a difference.”
The GGM Group consists of two businesses across two depots. PSD Groundscare is the national distributor of specialist landscaping equipment and GGM Groundscare is a specialist supplier of tractors and high-quality professional land-based equipment for commercial and domestic use.
The company has set a target of £1000 for the event. You can support Chris by donating here.