News | Everest Basecamp Trek Raises Thousands for EIC
An adventurous pair of Rexel employees have returned to home soil after completing a challenging trek to Everest base camp, raising an amazing £13,870 for the Electrical Industry Charity (EIC).
The two adventurers Kate Adamczyk, Head of Branch Marketing at Rexel, and Rachel Griffiths, Head of C&I, set off from the UK alongside 11 other explorers in late September. And the group successfully reached 17,500ft high basecamp on October 10. The group undertaking the 80-mile-long journey, decided to take on the challenge to raise money for the EIC – the official Rexel UK charity.
The trek is one few get to take on in their lifetime, and the group were also one of only three to have completed the gruelling 22-mile Gorakshep to Namche leg, which took them 12 and a half hours to complete.
Kate said the experience was the best of her life: “Rachel and I took on this challenge as a way to test our minds, bodies and willpower, while raising much needed funds for the EIC and the incredible work they do for our industry. Our aim was to reach £10,000 between us but we have been overwhelmed by the support as we are now nearly at £14,000.
“When we set off, we soon realised nothing could quite prepare you for the experience we had. This trek has by far been the hardest thing I have ever done, but on our journey, we have also seen some breath-taking scenery and made friends for life with the people we met.”
Although the Everest challenge has now been completed, fundraising will continue to the end of the year in hopes of securing further funds for the EIC.
Rachel added: “This whole experience has taught us to recognise we are so much stronger than we realised and highlighted how you can accomplish anything when you put your mind to it. This journey has been tough but incredibly rewarding and I hope we’re able to do many more fundraising activities like this in the future.
"Kate and I would like to say a massive thank you to all of our suppliers, colleagues, friends and family who have supported us and made generous donations towards the EIC.”
For more than 100 years the Electrical Industries Charity has recognised that providing individuals with access to the right support is the catalyst for creating better workplaces and industry communities. Its vision is to be the leading provider of preventative and high impact solutions, genuinely meeting the wellbeing needs of the electrical and energy industries. To find out more about the EIC, visit https://www.electricalcharity.org/.
If you wish to contribute towards Kate and Rachel’s cause, you can still visit their Virgin Money Giving page here: https://bit.ly/2XKrsVq