A team of colleagues from Stockport engineering firm BFT Automation are preparing to climb Snowdon in support of a co-worker currently fighting cancer.
The climbers include employees of BFT Automation’s Swindon and Stockport office and are planning to scale Wales’ highest mountain to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Teammate Andrew Hutchins has been diagnosed with metastatic bladder cancer; sadly, this has now spread to his lungs and chest lymph nodes.
So far, the team have raised a third of their £10,000 target since December. They are due to climb Snowdon on 11th July and have begun training in the gym for the ascent.
Automation Adviser Peter Gansbuehler is organising the fundraising campaign. He said:
Andrew has been a valued colleague for many years and we want to show him our support in his fight and to climb with him in this challenge to conquer Snowdon.”
Other team members will be injecting fun into the climb by donning fancy dress for the ascent. Warehouse Operative Dan Gaw plans to tackle the peak wearing a dinosaur costume.
BFT Managing Director Kevin Spinks said:
We are delighted to be raising funds for Macmillan who help so many cancer sufferers and their families with practical and emotional support. The response from our customers and the wider community has been overwhelming. In fact, some of our customers have decided to climb Snowdon alongside the BFT team.”
BFT Automation are an Italian manufacturing company which opened its first UK branch in Stockport in 2004; the engineering firm design and distribute entrance automation technology.
Anyone wishing to support the Stockport engineering firm to reach its fundraising target can donate via the campaign’s JustGiving page.