7 June 2018

Mountain trek raises more than £2,500 for charity

Two Principality Building Society colleagues swapped South Wales for the snowy summits of Chamonix in France – raising over £2,500 for three incredible charities.  James Harper and Carl Kimber who both work at Principality’s head office in Cardiff, completed three different treks in three days, including Aiguillette Des Posettes, Aiguillette Des Houches and Tete De Prapators taking in forests, high temperatures, walking near glaciers and despite the time of the year lots of snow.

Posettes has a high point of 2201 metres, Houches of 2285 metres and Prapators 1844 metres and all provided amazing views of the Mont Blanc range.

The pair helped raise funds for charities School of Hard Knocks, Cancer Research Wales and Llamau who are all currently supported by the building society as part of a ‘three charities for three years’ partnership. Donations will get doubled to more than £5,000 as part of a matching promise, which see’s Principality match the fundraising efforts of its staff.

James and Carl were part of a trekking group that included other fundraisers for the School of Hard Knocks charity; with the charities Operations Director Jack Lewars taking part. On top of the Principality fundraising more than £14,000 was fundraised for the School of Hard Knocks. 

James Harper, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Principality, said: “Here at Principality we love taking on physical challenges to fundraise and this was perhaps our most epic to date. It was an incredible and challenging experience taking on multiple summits in the mountains around Chamonix, especially tackling the snow. It was not an area I have ever visited before but one that provided a great test of fitness and endurance. It brought together fundraisers to help support such incredible charities including the School of Hard Knocks, who continue to grow in Wales and help ever more people through their schools programme and courses for unemployed adults. Our thanks go to all the generous people that donated.” 

Since 2016 more than £370,000 has been fundraised by Principality colleagues (as part of the current partnerships with School of Hard Knocks, Cancer Research Wales and Llamau) and there’s another six months to go and even more fundraising events to come. James will be taking on the Wye Valley Challenge next walking 50km in one day.

Published: 07/06/2018