Fundaraisers walking on air after success of 100km 'Let off Steam' trek

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, 12 members of the AECOM, Murphy, Kier (AMK) Joint Venture team took part in a 100km trek in aid of STEAM, a mental health support group.

In a bid to raise £5,000 for STEAM the trekkers walked to all three of the joint venture partner's offices, as well as AMK's office, in under 48 hours - ending up walking a total of 110km.

Jennifer Fitzgibbon, SHESQ Advisor, who took part in the walk said: "It was as much a mental challenge as a physical one. The team were determined to make the distance despite the cold rain and the aches and pains. The walk strengthened the relationships of all those that took part and it was great to see how everyone came together to support one another when it got tough."

The team set off at 5:00am on Thursday 28th September from AECOM's office in Croydon, walking for five hours before they arrived at Murphy's head office in Kentish Town. From there they set off towards familiar territory – walking 12km to the AMK office at Deephams in Edmonton.

The team ready to set off from AECOM's head office in Croydon

The distances then became more challenging, with a 26km walk to Welwyn Garden City, before an overnight stay allowed the team some rest. The final 49km was then completed the following day, with the trekkers arriving at Kier's head office in Tempsford at 01:30pm, well ahead of schedule.

The team arrive at the Kier head office in Tempsford 

STEAM organises campaigns, challenges and events to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly in the construction industry. By 'letting off steam' through physical activities, people are given the chance to focus their energies on something different. They are also given the opportunity to get to know their colleagues outside of the work environment, making it easier to spot unusual changes in behaviour at work.

Right now, one in six workers in the UK is experiencing depression, anxiety or stress. In the construction industry, that means around 350,000 people at any given time.

It's not too late to donate! Please see below link to the team's fundraising page if you can help.

Your support will make a huge difference and will really help in combatting the stigma surrounding mental health.

Posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Emma Best

People, Community, CSR, Water

About Emma Best

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