This September, Deloitte is fundraising in three ways for Guernsey Mind, by travelling the globe, summiting a mountain and cycling the length of Britain.
The initiatives are part of Deloitte’s One Million Futures Charity Challenge, where the firm encourages employees to take part in a challenge or fundraising effort of their choosing to raise money for the chosen charity.
Jack Whyte, who works in Deloitte’s Audit & Assurance team, will be getting on his bike and cycling 980-miles in the famous Deloitte Ride Across Britain (RAB).
Known as one of the UK’s toughest cycle challenges. Cyclists will face an incline of 15,000ft during the route with the longest single day of riding being a gruelling 119 miles.
The ‘end-to-end’ ride sees cyclists pass through 23 counties starting from Lands End on 8 September before finishing at John O’Groats nine days later.
The second Deloitte adventurer, Ben Vaudin, one of Deloitte’s Advisory team, will be setting off for Africa where he will summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
In addition to being the highest mountain in Africa, it is also the tallest freestanding mountain on earth; crowned with a permanent snow-cap.
"I am nervous, having spoken to friends who have done it before and reading up about the expedition, it seems that regardless of physical fitness some people are unable to complete the trek due to altitude sickness; something you can’t train for. Ultimately, I am excited about the trip, wary about the altitude and can’t wait to get stuck in," Mr Vaudin said.
In addition to these individuals’ adventures, the Guernsey office has been collectively tasked with raising a set amount of money for the charity through volunteering and fundraising throughout September and October- as part of Deloitte’s three-year commitment to Guernsey Mind.
Last year, Deloitte assisted with the launch of a mental health wellbeing survey in both islands, to help the charity gain a better understanding of islanders attitude to mental health.
The funds raised will provide invaluable support to Guernsey Mind’s campaign which focuses on increasing awareness and acceptance surrounding mental health issues and promoting wellbeing, especially regarding young people.
Emily Litten, Executive Director of Guernsey Mind, added: "We are incredibly grateful to Deloitte for the support we have received from their team in Guernsey.
"These funds will allow us to continue our work in raising awareness and promoting a positive attitude towards mental health in the local community. The challenges that they are undertaking are in no way easy, and will test them mentally as well as physically. We wish them all the best of luck."
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