Law firm staff mirror IT director’s epic walk – but stay indoors

Photo shows: The Wright Hassall team with Sarah Diston (front, centre from Macmillan) and Philip Harris (left) and Hannah Davies on treadmills.
Wright Hassell Treadmill fundraiser

Employees from a Midlands law firm have taken on a big challenge for charity – alongside one of its most active fundraisers.

Employees from Leamington-based Wright Hassall have stepped up to the challenge alongside the company’s IT Director Martyn Wells, who has raised nearly £40,000 by successfully taking on the 245-mile Cape Wrath trail in only 10 days.

Martyn, who was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in 2017 and now raises funds regularly for Macmillan Cancer Support, took on the challenge, while facing extreme conditions, as his colleagues endeavoured to walk in his footsteps on the treadmill – inside.

Colleagues matched Martyn’s total distance by running, jogging and walking on treadmills at the Wright Hassall office to help push his total fundraising target even further, raising an impressive amount for the charity.

The team raised a combined total of nearly £1,000 through the 20-minute intervals on the treadmill, with the team able to cover the 245-mile distance in two days.

Jennie Cooper, Key Account Manager at Wright Hassall, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support Martyn in his crucial fundraising for such a good cause!

“The whole team loved being able to support Martyn in his trek, although the conditions we faced on the treadmill in the office were definitely more favourable that the extreme weather Martyn faced.

“It’s wonderful that so many employees were able to get involved with the fundraising and help push the target even further- it was certainly a challenge attempting to cover the same distance as Martyn but with the entire team helping out with 20-minute intervals we pulled each other through.

“Everyone is incredibly proud of Martyn and his achievement in overcoming incredible obstacles to take on these impressive challenges, so to be able to support him as a company has been a privilege.”

Martyn said: ““The walk was tremendously difficult as a result of the horrendous weather we experienced. The mountains of Knoydart were virtually impassable and we were very lucky to have escaped relatively unharmed!

“We are all incredibly proud of what we achieved and of our fundraising efforts which will help other cancer patients and their families get the support that they need at such a difficult time in their lives.”