Events Industry Moves Mountains to raise more than £22,000 for Namuwongo

Fundraising activities for Events For Namuwongo have really ‘peaked’ within the last few weeks, as fundraisers have gone climb crazy, raising mountains of cash for our industry charity.

The Mont Ventoux cyclists made it to the top and unsurprisingly found it a bit easier on the way back down!

On the 20th June, the Events For Namuwongo cycling team successfully made it to the summit of Mont Ventoux, climbing a total of 1911m in unusually high winds. The team then had to deal with a scary, 15-mile free-fall descent, but that’s just how they roll. Afterwards, emailing the office from the foot of the mountain, Trevor Foley said, “The wind was a mare and my a*** is sore! It was pretty OK at times and pretty horrible at times. The descent was utterly amazing and three of us hit 52mph!”

All was worth it though, as the final count is now in excess of £10,000. Congratulations to Douglas Emslie, Dan O’Brien, Roger Pellow, Russell Taylor, Steve Liechti, Robert Morley, Gareth Davies, Adam Parker and Trevor Foley.


Clarion Events climbed three peaks – because apparently climbing just one or two isn’t impressive enough.

The Clarion Events TPL team also had the right altitude on 11th July when they took on the Three Peaks Challenge. The gargantuan effort included a casual stroll up the side of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours including drive time, on little sleep and partly in the dark.

This was the ideal challenge, since TPL is in the business of organising ‘summits’, and comprises three businesses – Telecoms, Payments and Life Sciences. Thirteen of the team took part in the challenge, raising a total of over £7,700 for Events For Namuwongo. A huge thanks and well done to Greg Hackett, Charlotte Phaure-Davis, Josie Parry, Chris Ansell, Abigail Bailey, Hazel Miller, Khushboo Sagar, Dave McCall, Stuart Barker, Nick Longworth, Mike Seaman, Vee Lester and Zehra Chudry.

TPL MD Greg Hackett said: “I am incredibly proud of the team. The conditions on the last mountain were very difficult, but it was only on reaching the final ridge that we realised just how bad it was. Our guide managed to lead us down the mountain but we still got lost… There are no wolves in Scotland, but when your head-torch lights up the eyes of a herd of sheep, it can be pretty scary.”


Super Tracy Bebbington takes on the biggest mountain of them all.

It has been a long-time-coming for Tracy Bebbington of UBM, Events For Namuwongo Steering Committee member who decided to climb Kilimanjaro in 2012 and, after some setbacks, finally managed to scale the great volcano on 9th July this year. Her African adventure lasted 11 days and involved a 6000 metre climb up the mountain… and the same back down again!

Tracy has been through some intensive training and preparation to reach her goal, including conquering Snowdon and attending a dizzying number of spin classes. She comes away with over £1700 raised, to be shared between Events For Namuwongo and children’s charity, Wooden Spoon. What a heroine!


“In The Rough” golfers putt their way to a successful day of fundraising.

Finally, the most terrifying terrain of them all has to be the PGA course at The Belfry (if you’re embarrassingly bad at golf!). ESSA’s ‘In The Rough’ charity golf day was another hole-in-one success on 16th July this year as 24 teams of industry professionals battled it out for golfer’s glory and the coveted ESSA cup.

This may have been a decidedly less arduous task involving ice cream and a networking bar, but nevertheless, fundraising activities from the evening’s raffle and charity auction raised over £7000 to be shared between Events For Namuwongo and The Lord’s Taverners.

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, summed up the day’s proceedings, saying “We’ve succeeded in growing the event year on year, and I think it’s a successful combination of relaxed, informal networking, worthy causes and an outstanding golf course that puts such a high demand on places. Thank you to everyone; players, sponsors, tee sponsors, spectators and evening guests involved in making it such a success.”

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