Five employees from McGee, along with their family and friends, recently tackled the highs and lows of the Yorkshire Three peaks challenge in aid of the company’s Charity of the Year, Joining Jack – the charity that is fighting to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
Tom Hennessy, a Machine Driver at McGee, was given the devastating news last year that his son, Charlie, was diagnosed with DMD. Tom tackled the climb with his sister and brother, Kerry and Liam, who also work at McGee, and colleagues Dave and John. Collectively they called themselves “Charlie’s Angels” and joined hundreds of people who were fundraising for Joining Jack. Together they trekked 25 miles within 12 hours, reaching the top of the three highest peaks in Yorkshire: Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent – known as the Three Peaks.
Kerry Hennessy, Training Manager, said: “The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was a great adventure, despite a couple of minor injuries amongst us, and not being able to move for several days afterwards. It was however worth every minute and it has been a great sense of achievement. I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped us raise money for Joining Jack. From myself and all of the team, I’d like to thank everyone who has donated so very generously.”
Liam Hennessy, Project Manager, added: “A special thank you has to go to my colleagues Dave and John for joining us on this extremely tough challenge. We’ve all been blown away by the generosity of the donations and the support from everyone in the office and out on site.”
The team expects to reach a grand fundraising total of c.£5,000 for Joining Jack through the undertaking of this challenge and they hope the money will help towards funding the continued research into finding a cure for DMD.
Commenting after the event, Joining Jack posted a message on their Facebook page: “An enormous well done to the incredible JJY3P2016 team for their amazing efforts at the weekend. Every single member of this amazing team completed the gruelling, but ultimately rewarding, Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on Saturday. Their fabulous fundraising efforts mean that they have topped last year’s terrific total with a minimum of £30,000 raised.
“This fantastic total will go such a long way to funding research and raising awareness of Duchenne and we want to say a thank you for being with us, side by side for every step.”
As part of McGee’s commitment to Joining Jack, a number of employees have also volunteered to take part in several other challenges this year, including: the Dunwich Dynamo – the 120 mile through-the-night cycle ride from London to Suffolk, the Wigan 10k and Yorkshire’s Tough Mudder obstacle race.
All of the photos taken before, during and after the event can be viewed on the team’s Just Giving page here.
To find out more about McGee’s support for Joining Jack, please click here.