Staff to take on Dartmoor challenge for charity Mind

Standing, from left to right: Stuart Clark, Jamie Hallitt, Sam Osborne, Daniel Callis, Chloe Menage, Lee Wilson, Nick Pearse'Sitting, from left to right: Tom Chapman, Heather Clark, Alexander De Sousa, Dave Colgate.
Standing, from left to right: Stuart Clark, Jamie Hallitt, Sam Osborne, Daniel Callis, Chloe Menage, Lee Wilson, Nick Pearse'Sitting, from left to right: Tom Chapman, Heather Clark, Alexander De Sousa, Dave Colgate.
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A group of staff at a digital marketing agency, based in the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, are taking on the unpredictable Dartmoor terrain for charity.

Eleven members from Vertical Leap are walking 20 miles across the south Devon countryside on October 10 in aid of the mental health charity Mind.

Stuart Clark, Jamie Hallitt, Sam Osborne, Daniel Callis, Chloe Menage, Lee Wilson, Nick Pearse, Tom Chapman, Heather Clark, Alexander De Sousa and Dave Colgate hope to raise £1,000 from their exploits.

Dave has organised the walk, which will take them from the southern tip of the Dartmoor National Park, to Princetown.

Tom, content specialist at Vertical Leap, said: ‘In 2014 eight volunteers, along with two support drivers, took part in the PLOD midnight trek – a gruelling 40-mile walk across the South Downs which took us 13 hours and 5 minutes of solid walking to complete, raising over £2,500 and a lot of blisters!

‘This year we wanted to do something else for charity. Having seen some events taking place it was decided we should try doing a trek in one of the most unpredictable areas of the UK – Dartmoor.

‘Twenty miles might not sound like much to some, but those who have walked any distance on Dartmoor will know how challenging the terrain and unpredictable the weather can be. Over 70 per cent of the route we’re trekking is also uphill.

‘We then all decided on which charity to support and nearly an overwhelming majority voted on Mind. An incredible charity that has touched the lives of several colleagues, so this was a cause many of the team could relate to.’

Alexander De Sousa, from Waterlooville, said: ‘I work with some really interesting people, it’s great to spend some time with them outside of work too.

‘I enjoy running but I’ve never covered this much distance. I’m looking forward to pushing myself, working as a team and helping charity.’

They are more than halfway to reaching their target. To donate via the Just Giving page go to justgiving.com/vl-dartmoor/