A charity climb to the summit of Mount Snowdon in North Wales has raised over £4,000 and will now be match-funded, doubling their fundraising total, and all in aide of national children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.
A total walking distance of 12 miles, the 6-man IT team from total supply chain solutions provider Oakland International set off in good weather and reached the summit at 13:05 in a time of 2:5 hours!
Oakland IT team members included: Steve Naylor Chief Technology Officer, Clive Harrison Director of Information Systems, Wojtek Biernat IT Management Apprentice, Paul Evans Head of Logistics Systems, Richard Hickman IT Manager and Jason Broome IT Infrastructure and Service Manager.
Oakland’s Chief Technology Officer Steve Naylor explains: “We wanted to do something to raise money for Molly Olly’s Wishes which is an amazing charity supporting children living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us. To raise £4,321 in just 6-weeks is unbelievable and our huge thanks to Oakland International for their support and for their match-funding which takes our total to over £8,600 which is amazing and will make a real difference to the children supported by Molly Olly’s Wishes.”
Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children with life-threatening illnesses, granting individual wishes and donating therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.
Molly Olly’s Wishes was launched by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw following the death of their daughter, Molly, who after a five-year battle with a rare kidney cancer died in 2011. The charity has since gone on to support thousands of children around the country living with a terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
Rachel Ollerenshaw commented: “All the team at Oakland have been a fantastic support to Molly Olly’s and it is so kind of the Tech team to continue the good work with their Snowdon Challenge. All their support makes a very real and meaningful difference to the families that we support, and we are so grateful to everyone.”
An average wish costs around £500 and can range from a family day trip to a computer game, or supermarket food vouchers to help support the family during what is an extremely difficult and emotional time.
Added Steve: “It was a fantastic day, and the weather was very kind to us, with the views from the top of the mountain outstanding. The team did an excellent job in raising awareness and cash for this fantastic charity and I am thrilled to be in the presence of a brilliantly selfless team of IT Geeks!”
Molly Olly’s Wishes currently grant 40 wishes per month, an increase of 100% during lockdown, and at a time when funding has significantly reduced. Like so many other charities Molly Olly’s Wishes has found it difficult to fundraise over the last year, and at a time when the families the charity supports need more help and the demand for their services has increased.
You can still donate by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oaklandit
Image details: Snowdon 5: Oakland International Snowdon team Jason Broome IT Infrastructure and Service Manager, Clive Harrison Director of Information Systems, Richard Hickman IT Manager and Wojtek Biernat IT Management Apprentice.