Workers at a Hull-based powered access and lifting company are aiming high to raise funds for the Daisy Appeal by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.
The team from Hird aim to reach the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough during summer 2021 after being forced to postpone a planned attempt during 2020.
They plan to top up a donation made to the Daisy Appeal as the result of a payroll giving scheme that has enabled workers to support charities while they were prevented by Covid restrictions from organising other events.
Richard Christiansen, health and safety officer at Hird, said: “We did a charity Three Peaks Challenge in 2018 and in 2019 three of us did the Lyke Wake Walk and raised more than £1,800 for the Daisy Appeal.
“We were going to do the Three Peaks again in 2020 but obviously because of the restrictions it didn’t happen, so our target now is to complete it during 2021 and meanwhile we’ll continue the payroll giving.”
Hird, which was founded in Hull in 1983 and specialises in a range of power access and heavy lifting services, has more than 80 staff at its four sites across the UK, each of which raises funds for charities in its own area. The workforce of about 30 at the Hull depot in English Street supported five local charities, with the Daisy Appeal receiving £300 as its share of the proceeds.
Richard said: “We also supported Life for a Kid, Viking FM’s Cash for Kids, Hull Food Bank and Hull 4 Heroes and we were keen to support the Daisy Appeal again because a lot of our colleagues have connections with cancer, whether personally or through family and friends.”
Claire Levy, fundraiser for the Daisy Appeal, said: “We’re so grateful to the guys at Hird for coming up with a different way to support our work once they found the were unable to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. We hope their efforts will inspire other businesses to embark on new fundraising ideas because we can’t afford to let Covid stop people from raising money for charities which are more in need now than ever.
“The Hird team came up with a very generous donation from the Lyke Wake Walk in 2019. We really hope they will be able to do even better in 2021, and that people support their fantastic commitment!”
The Daisy Appeal has a target of £8.2 million to complete a radiochemistry and cyclotron unit that will produce radioactive tracers at Castle Hill Hospital to improve accuracy and detection rates for cancer, heart disease and dementia in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
The new facility will provide the opportunity for patients to receive more personalised care leading to earlier diagnosis and giving them better treatment and quality of life.
Once the facility is fully functional patients from a wider geographical area will have access to its services. The charity aims to play a leading role in clinically relevant PET-CT research over the next two decades and to show that the technology can be brought to the individual patient, quickly and effectively.
If you have ideas for a Covid-safe fundraising event or something that can be planned now to take place post-Covid, please email Claire Levy at email@example.com. To find out more about the Daisy Appeal, visit www.daisyappeal.org