Uckfield company’s charity team aims for snowy peaks

Picture by Jim Holden 07590 683036'Itmsoil of Uckfield in training for Mont Blanc ascent.'MD Mark Kirkbride pictured (front centre)
Picture by Jim Holden 07590 683036'Itmsoil of Uckfield in training for Mont Blanc ascent.'MD Mark Kirkbride pictured (front centre)

A TEAM OF 12 employees from itmsoil in Uckfield will scale the snowy heights of Mont Blanc in September to raise money for The Mental Health Foundation.

Departing on September 1 the eight day trip will involve Team Mont Blanc using crampons and ice axes coupled with determination and team work to reach the summit of the highest mountain in the Alps, rising 4,810m (15,782ft) above sea level.

The Mont Blanc climb is the first challenge of its kind for itmsoil, and is the first event of the firm’s JET programme, an employee engagement and development programme created by the group’s CES, Mark Kirkbride.

He said: “JET is not just a training scheme, it’s also about offering employees the chance to develop personally as well as professionally, and to work as part of an itmsoil team in different and sometimes more challenging ways. This is the purpose of the annual signature event. As the first one, I wanted to set a big challenge and climbing Mont Blanc seemed perfect. It’s a tough climb which requires determination, team work and an excellent level of fitness. The Mont Blanc trip has already created a fantastic energy within the team, and I’m hoping that this energy will spread through the whole company.”

The firm has chosen The Mental Health Foundation as its charity of the year and will be organising a number of fundraising events starting with the Mont Blanc climb in September.

Mark Kirkbride continued: “We felt that The Mental Health Foundation and itmsoil would make a great partnership as we place great importance on the mental health and wellbeing of our employees and are always looking for ways to help people better deal with stress and pressures at work.”

Team members are head of design Adam Claxton; receptionist Alison Dean; project manager Brendon Oram; production planner Carley Brice; assembly team leader Gary Pickles; technical support manager James Kwist; group brand and marketing director Jo Allen; CEO Mark Kirkbride; business development manager Nick Slater; manufacturing manager Philip Day; preconstruction manager Richard Marshall and storeman Stuart Hodges.

The team is under strict instructions to get their fitness to a peak through individual training and weekly group walks which will increase in difficulty and required stamina over the coming weeks.

To donate online visit: https://www.justgiving.com/company/itmsoil/