In April this year we were delighted to hear from Paula Whitehouse, Engineering Administrator at Moog Aircraft Group Wolverhampton, who contacted us to say that herself and a team of her colleagues had decided to climb Ben Nevis to raise funds for Promise Dreams. We immediately arranged to meet the team of trekkers to introduce ourselves and find out more about what had made them decide to take on this challenge. Three years ago they climbed Snowdon in memory of a friend who had always been a keen hiker. As soon as they reached the summit they knew they couldn’t stop there, and decided to make it their mission to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in its entirety by also taking on Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis over the following two years. The team had a mixture of hiking experience between them and some were new to the Moog Trekkers team this year. However even those who had never taken on a challenge of this kind before felt that raising funds to help poorly children have their dreams was too important an opportunity to pass up.
A few weeks later we met another member of the Moog Trekkers, Renata, an English teacher at City of Wolverhampton College. Renata’s husband works for Moog so when she heard about the challenge his colleagues were taking on she signed herself up immediately. Within her lesson plans she organised fundraisers with her students which added a whopping £1001.85 to the team total. As well as asking for sponsorship from friends and family the team took some of our merchandise including teddy bears, wristbands, pin badges and car stickers and sold them in the canteen at their offices, which raised another few hundred pounds and got everyone in the building talking about both the event and the work that we do here at Promise Dreams.
In the lead up to the challenge and on the day of the trek itself, the team used a Promise Dreams teddy bear as their mascot, named Melvin, who kept the public updated on how he and the team were getting on! We loved seeing what he was up to and so did our supporters who checked in regularly to catch the latest news. The weather on the day provided another challenge for the team, with visibility low and conditions very cold and wet, but they made it to the top with no major ailments and we were so pleased to hear from them when they had completed it!
We waited until the team had thawed out and were back on their feet before visiting them again at their office to say a huge well done and hear all about how they got on. The overwhelming feeling from everyone involved was that the challenge had been an amazing team building exercise and a huge tick on everyone’s bucket lists. Despite being such a huge physical challenge, the team were united in the feeling of relief, pride and achievement when they reached the summit. More than anything they were all over the moon to hear that their efforts had raised a huge £2920 in total and even more excited to hear that this had turned not one but two dreams into reality.
6 year old twins Caleb and Callistus both have cerebral palsy. They each had a specialist trike made for them when they were younger that allowed them to play outside with each other, go on family bike rides in the countryside with their parents, and join in at school when they had outdoor time. However they were rapidly outgrowing them and their mum Jayne contacted us to ask whether we might be able to help fund some new ones that would last them right into their teenage years. The bikes are so important because they are made individually for each of the boys’ specific needs. They are also lightweight enough that they can pedal themselves, an additional opportunity to exercise their muscles and keeping them as strong and active as they possibly can be.
The made-to-order trikes finally arrived this week and the boys LOVE them! This dream just wouldn’t have been possible without Moog, the City of Wolverhampton College, and the individuals who selflessly signed up for this tough challenge and Caleb, Callistus, and all of us here at Promise Dreams can’t thank you all enough!