Screwfix Wincanton’s Transport Team Member Adam Paton is taking on an extreme challenge to raise money for a selection of charities close to his heart.
Former RAF Stafford airman, Adam, 37, is originally from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire. Injury put paid to his favourite sport Rugby, but he has continued to be active, and an avid sportsman, and has become a keen walker with his family. He has now set set himself and his team the challenge of walking from Whittington (the most southerly point in Staffordshire), through the county and up to Flash (the furthest point north) within 24 hours! A total of over 60 miles!
Adam’s team of 15 colleagues from the Wincanton site (who will be taking on either a section or the full length of the route) will be walking on Saturday 11th March to raise money for 3 causes – STING, Scotty’s little Soldiers, and also for the family of Robbie Forrester, a young colleague who tragically died at the end of last year.
Working to support people in the area with neurological conditions, STING (Staffordshire Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group) is the Charity of the Year at the site. The group operates out of a specially adapted unit on the Whitebridge Estate in Stone, which allows members to attend regular activities and take part in exercise classes and neurological therapies.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers aims to provide relief from the effects of bereavement to young people up to and including the age of 18 years who have suffered the loss of a parent serving with the British Armed Forces. The charity provides its beneficiaries with support and guidance throughout their childhood and offers a respite, however brief, from the daily ups and downs of coping with the loss of a parent.
Robbie Forrester was also a Transport Team Member at Wincanton, and a friend and colleague of Adam’s. His sudden tragic death last year left a family without a husband and father, and was a shock to all at the Stafford Distribution Centre.
Peter Marenghi, who works at the Wincanton site and is also Vice Chairman of STING is impressed with the efforts and commitment of Adam & his team. “The site here at Stafford has been hugely supportive to STING while we have been Charity of the Year. This is yet another tremendous way that so many of my colleagues are testing themselves to raise even more money for us and for other very deserving causes.”
For more details of how Wincanton supports the local community, or of the work of the causes supported, contact Peter on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can add your own support for this particular event by phoning Adam on 07523 287540, or on the localgiving website.