A team of 20 employees from our Unum UK office came together to climb three mountains, in three countries, in three days, to raise money for our U.K. charity partner, Child Bereavement UK. Between them they raised more than £45,000.
Each member of the team had their own very personal reasons for taking part, but they pulled together to support each other and Child Bereavement UK. The charity supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child faces bereavement.
Based in Chamonix, France, the team travelled out each day to tackle some of the highest trekking peaks in the alps – one in France, one in Switzerland and one in Italy. Each day they climbed around 3,000 feet and were rewarded with some amazing views of Mont Blanc, glaciers and surrounding mountains.
Mark Hughes-Jones from Child Bereavement UK joined the challenge and shared his views: “Spending time with the staff from Unum in such a beautiful place was a fantastic experience. I didn’t know anything about the group before but by the end I learned they were kind, accepting, resilient, humble and hilarious. Thank you for making me feel part of the team.”
Child Bereavement UK replies on support to ensure they can continue to provide accessible support and information to thousands of families each year in various locations across the U.K.
According to Briony Markham, a Child Bereavement UK representative, the money raised is enough to ensure 1,600 calls to the organization’s helpline are answered and first-hand bereavement support is provided to someone in need.
“Child Bereavement UK is so grateful for your hard work and fundraising over the last few months, Markham added. “Calls vary every day, but can include a headmaster ringing about a death at his school, a parent asking whether their child should attend their mother’s funeral or a nurse asking how to support a family after they have had to switch off their son’s life support machine. Each of these calls is so important.”
Steve Harry, one of the intrepid challengers from Unum, said: “This was Unum at its very best; a truly committed team who completed a massive challenge together in a spectacular environment, demonstrating incredible support for each other and for our charity partner. It was a fantastic experience that will live with us all forever.”