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Springboard’s hospitality trekkers make a difference in the UK and Peru

Springboard’s hospitality trekkers, Peru
From 11th - 22nd March 2016, 38 intrepid people from across the hospitality industry embarked on a 5 day trek through a remote area of the Andes in Peru, followed by community projects in three schools – installing solar panels, computer labs, completing greenhouse projects and educational activities.

The experience was infused with Peruvian culture, history and personal development as well as achieving an incredible fund raising target. So far, the trekkers have collectively raised over £125,000 in support of the work of The Springboard Charity which will help at least 80 more young people, unemployed adults and those facing barriers to work into sustainable employment in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry, as well as the difference already made in Peru.

Anne Pierce, Springboard CEO, who led the Peru expedition, said, “Springboard’s annual treks and community projects are fast becoming a much valued and sought after enriching experience for those who take up the challenge. Those involved are able to test themselves mentally and physically, meet like-minded individuals from the industry, and give back to others less fortunate than themselves. The annual trek is an important source of funds for Springboard and has a major impact on people’s lives.”

Joining the trek this year, was Springboard beneficiary, Roki Hussain who was sponsored by Barbara Beaumont, the wife of the late Chris Beaumont, Springboard’s first Managing Director. Roki had previously benefitted from one of Springboard’s IntoWork programmes and as a direct result he was employed by bartlett mitchell and continues to be mentored by Springboard. Roki gained enormously from what for him was the trip of a lifetime. through which he tested his physical endurance and built his teamwork and interpersonal skills. Roki said “The trek was tough – the mountains were steep and the altitude made it hard to breath, but I was happy to be able to give back to the charity, to help others, and to be part of the Springboard team.”

Many of the trekkers found the experience to be both rewarding and humbling, Jon Nield, Operations Manager at Film Studios & Genuine Events said “The joy and satisfaction that I gained from installing the solar panel and electrics at our first school project certainly was a tear jerking moment to say the least. Seeing the impact it had on the children’s faces is an experience and a feeling that I will never forget.”

Sophie Edwards, Zenith Hygiene, said, “To be in the position where I was able to help less fortunate people was extremely humbling. Growing up I was involved in organising a lot of charity events but in the last 10 years not so much. So when I heard about the trip it was a no brainer to put my name forward and I was not disappointed.”

Lancaster London’s Exec Chef, Ben Purton, who achieved the prize for being the highest fund raiser, said “from the moment I signed up, the whole experience has been amazing, teamwork, the challenge of fund raising and training, preparation for the community work, the endurance of the trek, the scenery, the remoteness and the challenge of camping were incredible, but the aspect that made it truly outstanding were the school projects – knowing that our efforts made such a lasting difference will stay with me forever. As will the knowledge that the funds we have raised will mean at least 80 more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds here in the UK will benefit from Springboard’s fantastic programmes.”

This was a once in a life-time opportunity for the trekkers who helped to make a difference to people’s lives. The funds they have raised will improve young people’s prospects for the better, both in the UK and in Peru. You can still donate here:

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