We relish the opportunity to give back to the community in any way, shape or form. More specifically, we regularly take part in local charity fundraisers. While raising money is fantastic, these fundraisers also give us a chance to strengthen our bond as a team.
Mental health has become a prominent issue over the past few years, mainly due to increased media coverage, and it is a cause that is close to the hearts of several of us here at Harris + Co.
To help support all of the brilliant work that charity Leeds Mind does, we decided to kayak the 11.2-mile length of Lake Windermere – the largest lake in the picturesque Lake District in the UK.
Although this was not an easy challenge, we managed to complete it and raise £3,808!
In September 2020, Toby and his team took on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for ‘Forget Me Not’ Children’s Hospice – a charity seeking to deliver pioneering care through pregnancy, childhood and loss, whenever families need it, whatever their future holds. The charity is currently caring for over 450 children and families across West Yorkshire and North Manchester through their Hospice at Home service.
As a team of young professionals, it is often easy to overlook certain strands of charity as they do not necessarily fall into our demographic. Given that our previous fundraising events have been focused on Mental Health something close to a lot of our hearts we wanted to redirect our efforts towards a charity that further away that may not see as much limelight as it should.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km) and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent taking on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres) in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.