Walk a mile in their shoes? HELLA UK challenge supports local hospice

Published:  11 November, 2020

A group of HELLA employees have walked the equivalent of going from Oxfordshire to Germany and back again, in order to support the Katherine House Hospice in Banbury.

Over two weeks in September, the 21-stromg team were each given a personal distance target that when combined, would be the same as walking from HELLA’s UK distribution centre in Chipping Warden, to the company’s German headquarters in Lippstadt, and back – a total distance of 906 miles.

The team exceeded their target by a wide margin, and ended up covering a total of 1,391 miles – the equivalent of walking on to Inverness, after the return leg from Germany. As well as taking on the physical challenge, each walker also contributed to the cause financially by paying to be part of the team, and the money they raised was then matched by the company, which meant that a total of £750 was raised for the hospice.

“During a difficult year, much of which we have spent apart from one another, the walkathon was not only in aid of a good cause, but also allowed us to come together as a team, albeit virtually, and re-establish a bit of intercompany camaraderie,” explained Senior Head of Marketing and Communications, Helen Goldingay.

She added: “As well as being great for team spirits, the endeavour was also good for us in terms of our physical health, as we enjoyed plenty of fresh air and it helped us with our general fitness, which in turn was beneficial for our mental health and overall wellbeing. As a result, the initiative has been adopted by HELLA worldwide, so we expect to see similar adventures undertaken by our colleagues overseas.”

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