TUCO family raises £18,140 for charity with Ben Nevis climbWritten by Anjali Dattani
On Saturday 9th June, members of the #TUCOFamily climbed Ben Nevis to raise money for Mary's Meals - a charity that works hard supporting those suffering the effects of extreme poverty by providing every child with one daily meal in their place of education. It costs just £13.90 to feed a child for a whole school year and TUCO set an ambitious goal to raise £10,000 for the charity through the TUCO Trek - which equates to over 700 children who will benefit from a school meal and crucially an education, for an entire year. However, we completely smashed that target and ended up raising a whopping £18,140!
Matt White, TUCO Chairman said: “The climb was certainly the toughest physical challenge I have ever undertaken but the quiet moments allowed me to focus on the people we are helping and that surged me on in the challenge. The experience was truly humbling as well as physically exhausting. I personally found the descent harder than the climb, but the pain has a comforting glow that the work we have put in will pay long lasting dividends to the children we are aiding. Not only are we putting food in children’s tummies but also nourishing their minds with education which will hopefully help break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Our goal is to release and aid the potential in these young people as they begin their lives in extremely difficult circumstances.”
Mary’s Meals fundraising officer, Max Graham said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part in and donated to the TUCO Trek. The generosity of the TUCO team means that 1,000 children will be fed by Mary’s Meals, in school, for a whole year. Thank you for helping to give children in some of the world’s poorest communities hope of a brighter, poverty-free future.”
Matt White adds: I cannot thank the other trekkers enough. We were certainly one team with some great camaraderie and support for each other. Our challenge was tough, but every step has meant that through the TUCO Chairs Charity we are helping thousands of children to #Learn and #Grow through our #Share-ing.”
TUCO supports Mlambe Primary School in Malawi through Sponsor A School and have previously cycled 100 miles from Manchester to Nottingham to raise funds for Mary’s Meals
Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to all those who donated to this special cause. Watch our highlights video below.