Maritime companies raise £60,000 for seafarers in need in one weekend

July 11, 2017

16 teams from companies across the maritime sector took part in Seafarers UK 24 Peaks Challenge this July. The trekking event is one of the most demanding yet rewarding team-building events in the UK. The teams succeeded in raising nearly £60,000 in support of seafarers in need with most teams expecting to increase that total as they receive donations in recognition of their achievement.

2017 marked the tenth 24 Peaks Challenge for Seafarers UK, with 100 participants navigating across the 24 highest peaks in the Lake District in 24 hours, with all the peaks towering over 2,400 feet.

Over two days the teams walked over a 31-mile long course taking-in some of the most stunning countryside in Cumbria, including Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England.

‘It’s an incredibly tough event, but it’s one of the best team building experiences out there with everyone doing their bit to support their team all the way to the end’, said Nigel Shattock, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Seafarers UK. ‘It was great to see so many participants taking part in the challenge during our centenary year. We are grateful to all the companies that put their teams forward, both for their physical commitment and their fantastic fundraising, a fitting tribute to 100 years of work supporting seafarers in need, their families and dependents.’

At the post-events awards evening on Sunday, each team was presented with a certificate and a rousing cheer. Steamship Mutual’s ‘Steamship Wanderers’ (pictured above) received the Top Fundraiser Award, with nearly £7,000 raised and banked before the award ceremony. Teekay Shipping received the prestigious Ambassadors Award for encouraging the most teams from across the industry to sign up to the challenge.

A new range of special ‘centenary’ awards included the ‘Happy Hikers Award’ received by the ever-cheerful London University Royal Naval Unit’s ‘Girls on Tor’ ‘Best Prepared Award’ received by Braemar Shipping Services who brought their own physiotherapist, and the ‘Extra Mile Award’ received by Scandia Gear who made it to the start line despite a cancelled flight and only an hour’s sleep!

Harry Newall of Steamship Mutual commented ‘The Steamship team are all basking in their pride of having completed the 24 Peaks Challenge. We all found it very enjoyable, if just a little exhausting!’

Seafarers UK is now recruiting teams for next year’s 24 Peaks Challenge, taking place over the weekend of 7-8 July 2018. If you think you or your colleagues might have what it takes, then register your interest now by emailing alex.ward@seafarers.uk or phoning 020 7932 5960.

There’s still time to support the participating teams in their fundraising efforts. Please follow the links below to individual team’s fundraising pages:

  • Carisbrooke, Team Carisbrooke, 22:29:26 – Donate Now
  • Brookes Bell, Team Brookes Bell, 23:42:12 – Donate Now
  • Maersk UK, Team Maersk, 25:10:29 – Donate Now
  • Royal Alfred, Team Royal Alfred, 24:36:04 – Donate Now
  • London URNU, Team Girls on Tor, 28:37:23 – Donate Now
  • Teekay London 1, Team Fargo, 17:06:11 – Donate Now
  • Teekay Sunderland 1, Team Tea Room Trekkers, 25:34:04 – Donate Now
  • Teekay S’land/LNG STS Team The Wildings – Donate Now
  • Teekay Glasgow, Team Tartan Army, 25:34:04 – Donate Now
  • Schulte Group, Team Shulte & Friends, 20:06:26 – Donate Now
  • Steamship Mutual, Team Steamship Wanderers, 24:41:36 – Donate Now
  • Peel Ports, Team Sole Survivors 2.0, 23:55:33 – Donate Now
  • Peel Ports, Team Peel Ports 2, 22:24:29 – Donate Now

You can see some great photos from this year’s event on our Facebook page or on an event volunteer’s website.