Kingdom’s Midlands Operations Manager Chris Burman-Day (photographed right) has recently joined the management team of The 100 Peaks Challenge, which is aiming to raise money for forces charities in remembrance of his former SAS colleague Lloyd Newell who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011.
This is a voluntary role which will see Chris become Risk Manager and will make use of his considerable security and risk expertise along with his experience of mountaineering and endurance racing. He will help to plan this monumental challenge, which will involve challenge members, support crew and vehicles, team medics and a support boat!
The 100 Peaks Challenge will see a team of fundraisers, lead by Lloyd's brother, aim to climb 100 peaks in England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland, all above 2000 ft, back to back, travelling between each by TAB (marching carrying a pack), bicycle and kayaking across the Irish Sea. The challenge is planned for spring 2017 and the team will aim to complete it within 25 days, from the 23rd May to the 16th June. The challenge will culminate at the summit of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, infamous for its place in the testing and training of UK Special Forces soldiers.
The challenge has a fundraising goal of £100,000, and recently the gained the support of "the world's greatest living explorer" Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a ringing endorsement for such a physically and mentally demanding feat of endurance. Further details can be found online at www.100peaks.co.uk, on Facebook at The 100 Peaks Challenge and Twitter @The100Peaks.
The challenge will raise vital funds for two forces charities - Support Our Paras and ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Support Our Paras is a charity which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage. They provide welfare assistance to serving soldiers and families to complement or fill the gaps in State provision, as well as supporting vital aspects of the Regiments daily life and history. The Soldiers’ Charity gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their family, providing financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when in need. Half of their money is given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks. The other half is given as grants to other charities.
No stranger to endurance events, Chris was a member of the 2005 Polar Challenge team and regularly competes in ultra distance and mountain running events. Having completed the arduous Gower 50 Ultra last month he is currently training for the Race to the Castle 46 mile ultra in December, which he will run twice, back to back (while the rest of the regional team enjoy their Christmas party)!! Chris joined Kingdom earlier this year and has nearly 20 years’ experience of security and risk related disciplines, with experience in the military as well as public and private sector work. To find out more about Chris, please click here.
Kingdom looks forward to supporting Chris in this challenge, and believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything Kingdom does, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence Kingdom’s approach to work and guides the way they treat their employees, customers and grow their business. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/