Epwin ladies Clare O’ Hara, Divisional Managing Director, and Katrina Earl, Northern Regional Sales Manager, were part of a team of ladies who recently completed the gruelling seven day Paddle2Pedal challenge. The pair raised over £40,000 between them and the team as a whole raised over £90,000 and are still going.

Clare said: “We’re so proud to have completed the Paddle2Pedal challenge and to have raised much-needed funds for Hope House. We met children and families from the Hospice at the end of the event and it was a very moving and humbling experience that put our own challenges into context.”

The challenge involved canoeing 100 miles of the River Wye, abseiling the rock face at Symonds Yat, then cycling 120 miles to Oswestry, the home of Hope House Children’s Hospice. Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising and P2P support team member commented: “This was the first all-female challenge GM Fundraising has ever organised and the 12-strong team certainly gave the boys a run for their money, myself included. Over the 20 years of GM Fundraising, and with all the events we have organised, you develop certain expectations of an inaugural event but the girls smashed it in every way. The camaraderie and team ethic was so strong; each and every member dug deep, pulled through and supported each other to do the same.”

Paddle2Pedal’s headline sponsor was the Epwin Group and Clare commented: “It was great to have the support of the Epwin Group for the first Paddle2Pedal.”

The other members of the Paddle2Pedal team were: Christina Shaw of Glass News, Natasha Erskine of GGF, Charlotte Davies of Edgetech, Sarah Ball of Balls2Marketing, Tina Moorhouse of Oakland Glass, Deborah Hendry of Kolorseal, Amy Perrin of Quickslide, Helen Noble of Liniar, Nikki Dunbar of Liniar and Sioned Webb of ALUK.

If you would like to help take the overall total raised to over £100,000, you can still donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oharap2p.

And keep an eye out for the next challenge as Gary says the inaugural event was such a success it will definitely be back!