Chris Gamble and Katerina Wachova getting ready for the charity walk
Chris Gamble and Katerina Wachova getting ready for the charity walk

A group of workers from a Lichfield business are taking on a 32-mile walk to raise money for charity.

The team of 15 will complete the journey from Central England Co-op’s distribution centre in Leicester to the company’s headquarters in Lichfield on 21st June.

They will be walking to raise money for Dementia UK and the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Organiser Katerina Wachkova said:

“I enjoy walking holidays and decided it would be a good idea to do something I enjoy that others could benefit from.

“As I live in Lichfield, I thought that a walk between my workplace and there would certainly be a challenge.

“My daily commute in my car normally takes me around one hour – but the initial walking route that we found gives a time of 10 hours.

“Initially, I asked a couple of my team if they’d join me, but as people heard about it the numbers have swelled.

“It looks like it could turn out to be a pretty tough challenge, but as well as benefiting our nominated causes, I think it will be a good team-building exercise. We’ll get to see some of our beautiful countryside, and you never know, we might even have some fun.”

Katerina Wachkova

The walk will take place on the official longest day of the year to give the group the most daylight as possible to complete their challenge.

Katerina said that the decision to fundraise for the two charities was not a difficult one.

“I chose Dementia UK, not just because its Central England Co-op’s corporate charity, but you hear of so many cases of this condition that not only affects individuals, but their families and friends too.

“Also, I wanted to support Ukraine – everyone has seen the terrible images coming out of that country and the conditions suffered by its people, with millions having to flee their homes and loved ones.

“As I am originally from the Czech Republic, and many of my family still live there, I am naturally concerned, as my homeland is logistically not that far from Ukraine.

“Both causes I have chosen to support are important to me and I hope that our group can raise as much money as possible for each.”

Katerina Wachkova

People can support the fundraising walk by donating online.

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