An intrepid team from Opal, the provider of next generation communication technologies for the channel, recently undertook the challenge of a lifetime to help raise money for The Princes Trust which benefits thousands of children across the UK.
An eight strong team from Opal completed the Capgemini Wild UK Challenge, a physical competition lasting three whole days, raising over a total of £6, 200
An annual event to raise money for The Princes Trust, the Capgemini Wild UK Challenge involved mental and physical tasks including hiking, biking and kayaking 100 miles across breathtaking stretches of Somerset and Devon.
Colette Howard, Systems Trainer at Opal and the only woman in the 8 strong team commented, “The Capgemini Wild UK Challenge was one of the most exhilarating and exciting things I have ever undertaken. The experience alone was wonderful but the fact we were doing it for such a worthwhile cause made it all the more rewarding. I’d like to congratulate the entire Opal team and thank all the people who sponsored us.”
Racing against both the clock and 41 other teams, the coast –to – coast challenge begins on the rugged coast of West Somerset at Dunster Castle and involves navigating across Exmoor’s wild scenic landscapes, crossing Lake Wimbleball before continuing through rolling farmland alongside the River Exe and finishing on the sweeping beaches of South Devon.
Robert Hutton, Director – SME Sales UK who sponsored the Opal team £2,000, commented, “The Opal team did a tremendous job, The Wild UK Challenge is a gruelling competition and raising over £6,000 is a great accomplishment.”
Ian Wilkins Indirect Channel Manager at BlackBerry, who also sponsored the Opal team £1,000, said, “Hats off to the Opal team – they’ve survived three days of intensive physical activity and raised much needed funds for a very deserving charity.”
The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives in the UK. It gives practical and financial support, developing skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 14-30 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. In 32 years, The Prince of Wales’ charity has helped over half a million young people and continues to support 100 more every working day.