Seven intrepid One Stop colleagues have commenced a four-day Arctic expedition, after raising over £11,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society – quadruple their original £2,500 target.
Led by Sheffield Handsworth store manager Marc Detrich (pictured right on a previous trip), who has led multiple charitable expeditions for One Stop, the group set off on 13 January, trekking north of the Arctic Circle towards a remote village where they will sleep in igloos on a frozen lake.
The expedition will include snowshoeing in the mountains and a seven-hour 50km husky challenge.
Marc has had the full support of One Stop from the outset, using money from the company’s new ‘Community Chest’ initiative to get the fundraising ball rolling. “The idea is that you start with a small investment from the One Stop Community Chest funding and aim to double it with your fundraising activities,” he explained.
“It was clear that within a month our original target of £2,500 was going to be surpassed so we just kept adding to it. One Stop have been very supportive, providing lots of different items for us to sell, plus funded elements of the trip.”
The team fundraised in a variety of ways, including bake sales, collection tins on the till and running fun days in the summer. Each member is also paying personally for many of the elements of the trip.
In order to raise maximum funds for the challenge, Marc chose not to engage with a professional expedition company but planned the whole trip on his own. This means all the money raised will go directly to The Alzheimer’s Society and people who need it the most.
Jack Taylor (pictured left), Community Advisor from One Stop, commented: “Marc has been a real inspiration and galvanised both the Arctic Challenge team to undertake the expedition, as well as having engaged with the whole of One Stop, who are right behind them and proud of how hard they’ve worked to raise funds for such a deserving cause.”
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