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A Trail-ly Great Way to Support Disabled Veterans

In January, domestic appliance repair company UpFix chose Care for Veterans as their Charity for 2023.

For the year ahead, UpFix promised to fundraise for and complete the 50km Thames Path Ultra Challenge in September, hold a charity night in Brighton and give donations for all partner referrals.

From right to left: Risa Simpkin, Gemma Bray and Lorraine Ali

The Thames Path Ultra Challenge will see the UpFix team take on a 50km trek from Putney to Runnymede on 9th September. Their team have different ways of preparing for this epic hike and are at different stages of their training.

Senior Engineer Jamie & his partner Sophia have recently had a new baby. Their training involves taking the baby and buggy out for a 10km walk every evening.

The CEO of Upfix Kausar shared that he doesn’t intend to do any training, just turn up and go – although, he has been considering increasing his cardio. This is Kausar’s second Ultrathon challenge, so he is hoping that he can manage a pitstop during the challenge for a cheeky cider or two.

Risa, the youngest of the Upfix Crew, works as a waitress so already does a massive number of steps daily and will be going on some longer country walks over the next few weeks. Risa will be running a bake sale in Brighton to help reach her fundraising goal.

Construction worker Dan has been on a health kick and has lost a considerable amount of weight training for this event.  Dan is a British Army Veteran after serving with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) for a number of years.

Customer Service Executive Gemma has ditched the car to get to and from work daily & is increasing the duration of her daily walks with her dog Bert.

When asked about their motivation to take on this epic challenge, Head of Business Development at Upfix Lorraine Ali commented, “We believe in giving back to those who have served our country with valour and dedication. Supporting Care for Veterans in 2023 is our way of expressing gratitude and honouring the sacrifices made by our brave veterans. We are proud to contribute to this noble cause, providing essential care and support to those who have selflessly defended our freedom.”

Lorraine has completed two Ultrathons in the past few years. To prepare her body for this challenge, she has been increasing her daily steps and walking up to 10 kilometres daily.

Upfix’s fundraising currently stands at £3,480. To support their goals, they have also organised a silent auction with some great prizes up for grabs, a raffle for afternoon tea & aesthetics treatments and a virtual ‘Night at the Races’.To donate to their JustGiving page, click here. 

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