Warrington Disability Partnership

Claremont's Canoe and Camping Challenge

The River Wye in Hereford was the setting for Birchwood based Claremont's Canoe and Camping Challenge.

One of the hottest weekends of the year didn't provide the best climate for the 31 staff who undertook the gruelling 42 miles that two days to complete.
Representatives from WDP who were there to welcome them home, witnessed the sheer emotional, mental and sheer physical effort of the team; that included paddling against strong currents, regular capsizing, scorching sunburn, dehydration, fainting and camping overnight, all in aid of WDP, Claremont’s chosen Charity of the Year.

Dave Thompson MBE DL, WDP’s Chief Executive said “Hearing the screams of excitement of two members of their team reminded me how lucky we are to have had Team Claremont choose us as their Charity of the Year. It felt humbling and inspiring to be amongst the team at the finishing point”.

The team was led by Emma Riley, Claremont’s Creative Marketing Executive. She expressed her thanks to the team, and delight when told that the Challenge had raised over £8,000.
The staff at Claremont are also organising other fundraising activities throughout the year, but Emma said, “I guess none will be as exhilarating as their epic Canoe and Camping Challenge”.

Ann Clarke, joint managing director of nationwide interior design and fit-out business Claremont, which is headquartered in Warrington, said:

“As a long-standing local employer we’ve always felt strongly about supporting and being an active part of the Warrington community. We were only too happy to make Warrington Disability Partnership our charity of 2016, particularly as they look to achieve such great things with their legacy fund in their 25th year.

“The Claremont team has been hard at work fundraising with raffles, team breakfasts, dress-down days and even a 31-strong canoe trip down the River Wye. We’re really invested in Warrington Disability Partnership’s objectives and are certainly doing all we can to help see new jobs created for disabled people.”