Celltherm’s James Connolly and Foster Refrigerator’s Steve Holland are to walk through a scenic Peak District route for charity next month.
The pair are also inviting other members of the catering equipment industry to join them on the 8.5 mile route from Mam Tor near Castleton at 10am on Saturday 10 February.
The refrigerator manufacturer competitors have already signed up Hepburn Design Associates’ Duncan Hepburn and Archer Catering Systems’ Nick Archer, an avid walker who will lead the group having completed the route before.
One of Archer’s best friends passed away suddenly last year and he is using the walk to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in tribute. Donations can be made here.
The idea for the walk initiative sprung out of a conversation the Connolly and Holland had at an industry event 2 years ago, which led to them concluding that they “spend far too much time in the bar”. They made it their mission to find a healthier way for the industry to meet and network.
“Common ground is what binds most of our industry together and we tend to meet with a lot of industry colleagues and friends regularly,” explained Connolly. “You discover a lot of mutual interests and ideas – walking, hiking and a love of the outdoors are among those for quite a few of us.”
The trek on 10 February is graded as ‘moderate’ and will reach a height of 1,696ft at the summit.
“It should be within the realms of the majority of people given the defined route and a proper walking track, but we will wait for everyone and break into groups according to the pace that is set on the day,” said Connolly.
Foster’s Holland added that the group would like to see it become a regular event nationwide with a different kitchen house, manufacturer or even a consultant organising a walk in their own local area.
“Overall we think it would be a great event and the major industry bodies of CEDA, CESA, ENSE, Cedabond and FCSI have voiced their support, which is great. I am looking to lead the next walk myself soon, in my local area, followed by James, Duncan and anyone else who wishes to get involved,” he commented.
Anybody wishing to join in next month’s walk can get the full itinerary and sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org