An intrepid group of charity climbers from one of Lanarkshire’s best-known companies who scaled Ben Nevis earlier this year have finally seen their efforts rewarded.
The trekkers, comprising modern apprentices of the NVT Group and their customers, family and friends, challenged themselves to raise a five-figure sum for children’s charity, NSPCC. The workers had taken time out of a busy schedule which saw them help deliver the IT technology for two of the biggest sporting events hosted in Scotland during 2014.
And today their ambition was realised when a cheque for £10,000 was proudly handed over to the NSPCC during a presentation ceremony at the IT firm’s Bellshill offices.
In all, a team of 31 took part in the effort to reach the summit which, at more than 4,400ft, is the highest point in the British Isles. Six of the team reached the summit, in spite of very difficult weather conditions on the day.
NVT Group MD, Stephen Park Brown, who is also the founder and chair of NSPCC’s West of Scotland fundraising board, said: “We’re delighted to have the NSPCC on board as our official charity partner and want to do as much as we can to support their work with vulnerable children and families in Scotland.
“When our Modern Apprentices suggested we climb Ben Nevis regardless of the work load we could not let them down. As well as the Ben Nevis climb, which we plan to tackle in larger number again in 2015, we’ve been raising vital funds thanks to a payroll giving scheme, as well as distributing NSPCC collection cans throughout our offices in Scotland.”
Liz Dean Stevens, NSPCC Scotland’s strategic head of fundraising, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to NVT Group for their support – but particularly to the team who successfully tackled Ben Nevis. We do rely quite heavily on the backing of our corporate partners to help fund our vital child protection services and helplines.
“Businesses can have a huge impact at the heart of every community and by supporting NSPCC Scotland they can help raise their company profile, motivate staff and make a real difference to those children who need our help.”