Most people visiting the spectacular Exmoor National Park in Somerset take their time to admire the natural surroundings, go for a gentle hike, and enjoy the local wildlife. They might top it off with a delicious pub lunch and a cheeky beverage. They’ll leave with their body and mind replenished and feeling at one with themselves and the natural world around them.
At Honest Crust, we like to do things a little differently.
In the name of charity, we sent a team of employees to Exmoor to run, trek, cycle, and kayak their way around a devastatingly difficult, triathlon-esque course to push their physical abilities, perseverance, and teamwork to the limits.
The 2019 Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge took place over two weekends in June and was based at the small village of Porlock. It brought together teams from all over the country to compete in three different categories: Tough, Super Tough, and Elite.
Each team of competitors were given 3 hours for biking, 3 hours for running, and 2 hours for kayaking; plus, each individual team had to raise over £2,000. This year, the teams collectively raised a staggering £318,000 for charity.
The Honest Crust team bravely accepted this challenge in order to raise money for FareShare – our charity food waste partner.
The Honest Crust Team
Now you know the challenge, it’s time to meet the team.
Name: Charlotte Wilkinson [AKA: Wildie. The team has learnt that Char has a notoriously weak bladder which isn’t great in toilet-free zones…]
Role: Brand & Business Development Executive
High Point: Completing the hill challenge on the bike without stopping for a breather!
Low Point: None really – planning the route and map reading the night before was the closest the team came to falling out...
[AKA: Stumpy. Name inspired by his encounter with a stump whilst running. Ali came out worse than the tree.]
Role: Head of Brand & Category
High Point: The trek/run stage: 16.5km. But I can’t lie, the first beer at the end was particularly sweet.
Low Point: Everything that wasn’t downhill when we were on the bikes. The hill climb stage was particularly brutal, nearly led to a serious sense of humour failure but we kept each other going!
[AKA: Nav, short for team navigator]
Role: Commercial Assistant
High Point: The kayaking was by far the easiest challenge, but I had the most fun on the run stage.
Low Point: The bike stage. So hilly. Up and down. Up and down. Up and down.
[AKA: Aphro, Short for Aphrodite because of his Greek background and an ironic nickname for someone with very short hair]
Role: Managing Director, Ape Creative
High Point: Finishing. Watching the others cross the line and knowing how much everyone gave just to finish.
Low Point: Some ill-timed cramp in the knees that made my eyes water and occurred just as a farmer’s Doberman decided to begin barking its head off at me.
An Honest Achievement
How did the team do? Not bad, if you ask us.
I think we can all agree they’re some impressive statistics.
What Is It All About?
So, besides pushing our team members to their limits, what was the purpose of this gruelling weekend away?
Food poverty and food waste. Too many people across the UK go without the food they need and too much surplus food is wasted. Altogether, the team raised a whopping £2,388 for our food waste charity partner FareShare. That’s the equivalent of a phenomenal 9,552 meals for vulnerable people across the UK.
But numbers alone don’t tell the whole story. At Honest Crust, we’re fortunate that our employees are working towards a goal that they can really get behind. For many, the work we do with FareShare resonates on a personal level. They’ve seen children who wouldn’t eat breakfast or lunch if it wasn’t provided by schools and food charities. They’ve witnessed the struggles some families go through to put food on the table during the summer holidays. Our team is motivated by a personal appreciation of the value of Fareshare’s work, which is why they ran, trekked, cycled, navigated, and kayaked their way through a tough weekend. Raising money for FareShare matters to them.
Behind the vast amount of money raised for good causes, the Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge is about the the individual stories that make it all worthwhile. The people who need our help and those who sacrifice their time and energies to lend a hand. So, to all those involved, we’d like to say a big thank you and offer up a mighty loud round of applause.
Want To Get Involved?
While the Charity Challenge Weekend may have come to an end, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and help out with the FareShare project. The charity is always looking for volunteers to help in a wide variety of roles, from delivery drivers to warehousing assistants, and would love to hear from you if you think you could spare some time. Spreading the word about food waste and FareShare via social media is also a great way to help out. Finally, if you’d like a little more information about the way the charity works, you can check out their website to find out all the details.