A group of 14 employees at British furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow are to abseil down an 80ft high Peak District bridge in early 2022 in support of our Step 2 It campaign.

The extreme fundraiser got the full attention of staff at the business as they were given the power to influence who would take part. All Whitemeadow’s managers put themselves forward for a vote among the staff, who paid a pound to choose who they wanted to do it. Alan Price, head of production, was voted the unlucky winner. Following the vote, Whitemeadow opened the challenge up to anyone who wanted to join Alan.

Thirteen people have since put themselves forward to undertake the abseil with Alan and have raised £600 for the charity.

David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, was presented with a cheque during a visit to the manufacturer’s base in Sutton In Ashfield on 12 December 2021.

The abseil, which will be down Millers Dale Bridge above the River Wye, will take place on 26 March 2022.

Zehra Gezer, head of group marketing at Whitemeadow , one of the abseilers, said: “We wanted to do something fun and a bit different to our usual bake sales and dress-down days. We thought this would be something that everyone could get behind and our managers were great sports to put themselves forward for the challenge. We are now all really looking forward to the challenge, although some of us don’t like heights. But we know it’s for a fantastic cause and worth every effort. Hopefully it’ll be a nice day and we can have a brew and some cake afterwards.”

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