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Morrison’s Managers Climb Ben Nevis
Friday 29th April 2016 @ 13:20 by Tom Greggan
Dukinfield News

Four mountaineering Morrisons managers have raised money for charity by climbing Ben Nevis.

Dukinfield Store Manager Roger Taylor, Deputy Store Manager Fakhar Shah, Duty Manager Danny Hammond and Night Manager Lewis Farricker all scaled the highest peak in the UK, raising just over £1000 for Sue Ryder’s Raise a Smile charity in the process.

They braved the wind and snow to complete the feat in a day which Danny admitted was no mean feat to say the least!

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “I think I underestimated it to be honest.

“To turn up on the day with no training, it was a really hard day. We drove up there, got about four hours sleep then climbed up and down it.

“The hardest part was all of it! Every bone and muscle in my body was aching, but it was worthwhile.”

While Danny found it as hard as you’d expect, that wasn’t the case for all of his colleagues. He said: “Lewis and Roger must have done some training or something because they flew up it! They did really well, it was very impressive. Fakhar and I found it a bit harder.

“It was Roger’s idea. He likes rock climbing and that sort of thing so he dragged us all into it.”

The money raised kicked off a weekend of fundraising at the Morrisons Dukinfield store to fundraise for Sue Ryder’s Raise a Smile. Community Champion Jenni Kwiatkowski explained: “Morrisons as a company work with our corporate charity which provides end of life care for people at various stages of illnesses.

“So far the partnership has raised about £5million. As a store so far we’ve raised about £5,500 in the last two and a half years. Our senior managers climbing Ben Nevis raised just over £1000 and we’re hoping to just £1500 as a store.”

To add to the total, the store held a tombola last Friday as well as displaying the manager’s achievement.

Last Saturday, pupils from West Hill School in Stalybridge gave up their day to help Morrisons with their charity endeavours and on Sunday, they were back packing bags.

So far, just over £1400 has been raised in-store and Jenni is confident they will hit their £1500 target.