Industry walking group reveals Mind as charity beneficiary

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Members of the Catering Equipment and Hospitality Walking Group will next take on the challenge of Skiddaw Mountain in the Lake District.

The Catering Equipment and Hospitality Walking Group has revealed its latest event will raise funds for mental health charity, Mind.

The group’s founders, Nick Archer of Archer Catering Systems and James Connolly of Celltherm Coldrooms, decided that the latest challenge will once again take place in the Lake District, the first time since 2019’s walk there at Blencathra.

The upcoming trek on 10 September will be to conquer the peak of Skiddaw Mountain near Keswick.

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Archer said: “This is now our sixth walk since we got going a few years back, and we’ve had varying numbers of walkers turn up. The weather has been very kind to us on most of the walks we’ve undertaken and hopefully it’ll be equally kind to us this time.”

While Connolly emphasised: “During the pandemic the mental health of the nation has taken a battering and we are going to try and raise some much-needed cash for Mind to help with all the great work they do. Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales. Founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

“One of the saddest facts about mental health in the UK is that the biggest killer of males under 35 is suicide. Local Mind branches provide help and support directly to those who need it most. There’s a network of around 125 local Minds across England and Wales they offer specialised support and care based on the needs of the communities they support.

“Our industry has lost a number of great people, all fathers or mothers, brothers or sisters, throughout this awful Covid situation, and we’ll walk in their memory.”

On the day, the group plans to set off up Skiddaw, one of the fells above the town, after meeting on at 8:30am inside the Wetherspoons (The Justice of the Common Pleas) in the centre of the Keswick.

The walk will be about 10 miles in total, covering an ascent of 3,209ft and following the old ‘Victorian Donkey’ route up and down the mountain. This skirts Latrigg’s lower slopes and heads straight for the Skiddaw summit, passing Little Man on the way.

Connolly commented: “It will be moderate to difficult but we wait for everyone on our walks and no-one is left behind! Anyone interested in joining us for a great day out is more than welcome. The walk is free to attend and Iain Munro from Hobart Cooking Solutions has kindly offered to buy every walker attending a tea/coffee and a bacon buttie before we set off up the hill at 9:30am.”

The group has received continued support from FEA chief executive Keith Warren, and CEDA’s Adam Mason is also encouraging all of his association’s members to go along and support this initiative.

The group plans to stay in Penrith on the Friday night with an informal social gathering to celebrate the success of their challenge.

Anyone wanting to join the group for the challenge is asked to email Connolly or Archer on or as they will need to keep track of those attending the walk for the NHS Track and Trace, should the need arise.

To donate to the event’s JustGiving fundraising page, click here.

The group also has a LinkedIn page for those wishing to keep in touch with future challenges and events. Click here to visit the page and request to join.

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