Our amazing colleagues raised £7910 for Dreamflight climbing Mount Snowdon
Our amazing employees have raised a whopping £7910 for Dreamflight after climbing Mount Snowdon this weekend! The money will enable some very deserving children the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida that would not be possible without Dreamflight.
What is Dreamflight?
Dreamflight is a small charity, which only employees three people. Each year, they need to raise £1 million to take 192 children to Orlando, including chartering a Boeing 747 and taking over an entire three floors of the hotel in Orlando.
The children are aged between 8 and 14; all have or have had serious, life threatening or life limiting illnesses or disabilities that make their life far more challenging than it should be. Hospital stays, operations, physiotherapy, medication and invasive treatment affect their lives daily.
Dreamflight’s huge team of volunteer medical professionals, together with an equally big supporting team of non-medical escorts ensure that they can safely escape that for 10 days of fun in the theme parks of Orlando. For many of these children, it's their first time away from their parents or their first time on a plane. For some, it's even their first holiday.
This amazing holiday enables them to gain some confidence, independence and push themselves to achieve more than they believed they could. Many former Dreamflight children have even gone on to become Para-olympians. Liz Johnson, the British swimming Gold medal winner, cites Dreamflight as her turning point to believing she could do it and is now a very active supporter and patron of the charity who comes on the trip every year.
How did FLEETCOR become involved?
Alex Harper, Head of Corporate Sales, helped to organise the climb and supported as Mountain Leader.
"At the FLEETCOR UK Sales Summit in December 2018, a small group of us were so inspired by one of the guest speakers, Jake Meyer - a record breaking mountaineer -, that we challenged ourselves to climb Snowdon! This small group of 6 soon became 40 interested FLEETCOR colleagues from all of our UK offices!"
Employees were organised into 5 groups based on ability, experience and fitness. Through regular newsletters, employees were updated on key areas such as training plans, accommodation options, kit lists, route planning and group safety.
"We selected one of the more challenging routes, ascending the Miners Track and descending the Pyg Track; a route with a number of steep sections, a little bit of scrambling and the famous Zig Zag. This route was selected in order to try and maximise the impact when fundraising. We didn’t want anyone to think we were going up the easy way. This was coupled with my condition for offering to support the challenge that I could select the charity and there was no doubt in my mind that this would be Dreamflight".
The team set themselves the objective of raising £3,500 which would fund one child's place on the trip. Employees completed a variety of fundraising, both individually and per site. Fundraising events have included cake sales, bingo, selling pick n mix packets of sweets and car washing. They also had some funds sponsored through customers at Allstar and EPYX. In total, the group have managed to raise a staggering £4685 as well as FLEETCOR generously donating £3500, making it £8000 raised in total!
"Dreamflight is a fantastic charity and one that is very special to my family. One of the group leaders on the challenge was my wife Helen; her son Will was a Dreamflight child in 2012 having been diagnosed with Leukaemia aged 8. When he returned from Orlando, he challenged his family to fundraise even more money so other children could benefit from the trip. Sadly, Will lost his own health battles in 2014 but the family continue to raise money for Dreamflight in Will's memory. To have raised enough money to send two more children on this fantastic and genuinely life changing trip in October this year is awesome. I couldn’t feel more proud of what we have achieved".
The climb itself
"The weather was dreadful at the start which made it a challenge but once we hit the top, the clouds cleared for some great photos. We had Murphy the dog with us as bit of a mascot. It was a great day of teamwork and team spirit as everybody helped each other out through the difficult times and ultimately, we came together to raise a fantastic amount of money for a great cause!" - Rosamund Cooper, Inside Sales Manager
"Volunteering for Mount Snowdon was a tick off item on my 'bucket list', and doing it for charity and the thought of sending someone on a trip of a life team really got me motivated. The event was so well organised by Alex and the team, and every little detail was taken care of. The weather leading up to the trek had me a little worried, as it had been raining for days, I was praying for a dry day. We had to trek for a mile from our cars to the base camp, and we were totally soaked, I thought we haven't even started yet, how were we going to make it to the summit?!?.
What really helped keep me focused were my team mates, they really did have my back, literally Thore Vestergaard kindly carried my back pack all the way up. I had catered for every eventuality, and knew I had ample supply of water and food…anyone would think I was going away for a week with what I packed!
The climb wasn't easy by any means, my knee started playing up, I was hot and bothered, and as it was so cloudy, you were so focused on the climb, that I had to stop and remind myself to take in the breath taking views. As we were nearing the summit, a bright glow appeared, I thought I was in heaven, I must be hallucinating, as I no longer could feel my legs, but just as quickly the glow disappeared, back to reality, that I still had another 10 minutes hike in the deep clouds.
Nothing can prepare you for something like this, you have to experience it, and if it wasn't for my team mates I don't think I would have made it to the top! I'd do it again in a heartbeat!" - Dal Dosanjh, Head of Marketing Communications
"Amazing challenge through spectacular scenery with a fantastic group of colleagues. The fun, the laughs, the emotions and the sore legs will stay with me forever. Proud to have been involved and hopefully change the lives of two very lucky children" - Naila Coker, Acquisition Marketing Manager
"For me, the best moment was at the top of the mountain when we were about to do the group photo. We’d just had a gruelling climb up into thick cloud with absolutely no view. We were so disappointed after all the effort we’d gone through to get up there to have nothing but white mist in front of our faces. However when we all gathered for the group photo together, the cloud cover just magically disappeared revealing one of the most amazing views all of us will ever see. It was almost biblical….. and was just as we had each been given a glass of prosecco as the cherry on top!" - Clare Parnham, Operations Manager
To view more pictures of the climb, watch our short video here.
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