The ‘Team Lusso’ Thames Path Challenge kick starts a three year relationship between CH&Co and Seeds For Africa.The charity helps African families and communities by providing them with seeds, agricultural equipment and relevant technical advice, to give individuals and communities a future, not just a temporary answer, to their struggle out of poverty.
In addition to Paul, other members of ‘Team Lusso’ who committed to the Thames Path Challenge were Matt Simon - Chef Manager at Peel Hunt and Lusso team captain; Gareth Ruck – Head Chef Hospitality at Hogan Lovells LLP; Jessica Clarke – Projects Manager at Lusso; Simone Santeramo – General Manager atEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); Patrick Erni – Operations Manager at Lusso; Emmanuel Vera – Level 39, along with 11 other Level 39-ers. A full list of participants is listed below.
The Thames Path Challenge is an endurance walk which starts in Fulham and follows the River Thames, meandering through places such as Marlow in Oxfordshire, and onto the finish line in Henley-on-Thames. The unique nature of the event is that you choose your target distance – 25k, 50k or for the more extreme 100k – and whether to run or walk the course. ‘Team Lusso’ left Bishops Park, Fulham, as a group at 10.40am on Saturday morning walking along the bank of the river Thames with 3,000 other walkers and runners. The Level 39 team, headed by Emmanuel Vera, reached its landmark 25k target, just outside Kingston-upon-Thames.
Paul Hurren and the final ‘Lusso Six’ continued walking towards their next target of 50k. Jessica Clarke reached her 50k target as she arrived in Runneymede, Surrey, some 10 hours later, shortly after midnight.
Of the remaining five, Paul and Simone walked a further 28k bringing their total walk to 78k, whilst Matt, Patrick and Gareth reached the 100k finish line in Henley some 27 hours later.
Paul Hurren, Managing Director of Lusso, who walked the Thames Path Challenge said: “It was an amazing experience to be part of ‘Team Lusso’ who all showed remarkable spirit, determination and camaraderie. Walking throughout the night with sometimes only our head torches and glow sticks to light the way was surreal at times, but the team did a fantastic job, I am so proud of all of them. Thank you to all the messages of support, texts and tweets of more money pledged throughout the night which certainly spurred us on.”
Team Lusso managed to raise over £5,000 for Seeds For Africa from the Thames Path Challenge. Lusso’s parent company, CH&Co, is aiming to raise at least £33,000 during its three year relationship with the charity, through individual and corporately driven fundraising initiatives. The monies raised will fund food and food provisions for two schools inThika, Kenya.
You can still sponsor ‘Team Lusso’ at the Seeds For Africa website:www.seedsforafrica.org/node/41
CH&Co raised over £30,000 for its previous corporate charity The Kids Company, which is being used to develop mobile kitchen units for the charity to use as training kitchens for disadvantaged children.