Around the World fundraising challenge

This year’s big fundraising challenge brings all the sites ‘together’ to ‘travel’ around the World in 80 days

This year Branston is planning to virtually travel around the world in 80 days to support its local charities. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of the company's fundraising events this year had to be cancelled, including its big annual 100-mile sponsored cycle. However, it will now be undertaking an epic running, walking, cycling and canoeing challenge to see if the team can virtually make it around the world in 80 days.

Staff from all sites will be boosting their fitness and raising much-needed funds for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospice South West and Rachel House which is run by Children's Hospices Across Scotland. The challenge will take place from Saturday 8 August to Monday 26 October, with staff aiming to cover more than 300 miles a day between them.

James Truscott, managing director said: “It was really disappointing that we had to cancel most of our fundraising events this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, we’re delighted that we can still raise money for charities that are local to us by taking part in a virtual challenge instead.

“We’re setting ourselves quite a challenge but it’s important that we all push ourselves to raise even more vital funds as charities across the country need our help more than ever before.”

The virtual challenge was inspired by the fictional voyage undertaken by Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. The team will be racing against the clock to rack up the miles, aiming to make it all around the equator in a straight line (24,901 miles).

Every year Branston raises funds for a charity of the year at each of its sites and in 2019 the team donated an impressive £35,000, after various fundraising events and activities, for St Barnabas Hospice, St Margaret’s Hospice and Maggie’s Centre.

James added: “We hope that everyone is keen to support and encourage our endeavours, we’re aiming to raise at least £16,000 across all three sites.”

If anyone would like to find out more or add their support to the charities they can use these JustGiving links:

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Children's Hospice South West

Rachel House (CHAS)