All those with tired feet after touring the FIT show should spare a thought for Richard Barlow, Gary Beech and Darren Larkin from REHAU fabricator UK Window Systems who carried a REHAU window around the show for the full three days.
The three were raising awareness of their fundraising challenge in October when they will attempt to carry the window all the way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the FSID charity (Foundation for the Study of Infant Death).
With a pop up banner on display in the REHAU sponsored café and bar areas and a raffle taking place during the show, the three walked almost continuously around all four halls to win the backing of the industry.
Their efforts paid off because, as well as the £300 raised by the raffle, they received new sponsorship for the challenge from exhibitors Mila and J Tools, who both pledged support in exchange for having their logos fixed to the glass in the window.
Richard Barlow said: “The window was a great talking point at the show and gave us the chance to explain our challenge to visitors and exhibitors as we walked around. We’ve set ourselves a target to raise £30,000 and so far we are on track to achieve that which is fantastic.”
UK Window Systems last month hosted a charity ball at Port Vale FC, where it is one of the main sponsors, and raised £15,000 towards the total.
Next month, Richard also plans to walk the Potters Half Marathon carrying the window, although whether the 13 mile course matches the number of miles he walked around the FIT show is still up for debate!