SMT GB raise over £8K in Army charity endurance challenge

Twelve staff from SMT GB embarked on a team-building day with a difference when they completed the most demanding endurance challenge in Scotland, raising almost £8K for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The ‘SMT Yompers’ team recently took part in the Cateran Yomp, which challenges teams of soldiers, veterans and civilians to walk 22, 36 or 54 miles across the rugged terrain of the Perthshire countryside in less than 24 hours.

SMT GB is the exclusive dealer of Volvo Construction Equipment and K-Tec Earthmover products in Great Britain. The team represented a cross-section of the company’s diverse community, ranging in age from late 20s to early 60s, with job roles comprising engineering, marketing, sales and support office staff, spread across almost all of SMT GB’s nine Customer Support Centres.  Seven of the team made it to Gold (54 miles), with another reaching Silver (36) and three to Bronze (22).

Duxford-based Health and Safety Manager Anthony McCann (55) led the team, who served with the Royal Artillery for almost 30 years and whose three sons are still serving.      

Anthony commented on the challenge: “The Cateran Yomp was challenging, physically and mentally. It was a great event and everyone in our team thoroughly enjoyed the experience in so many ways. So many of our team members will have different memories. The organisation by ABF was exceptional and to turn out food and support around the course was phenomenal.”

Over 1,200 soldiers and civilians from across the globe came together to support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity during the 12th Cateran Yomp.

Raising £300,000, the participants, aged 16 to 76, travelled from as far as the US, Lebanon, New Zealand, Ukraine, Italy and Germany to walk side by side on a 24-hour trek across the beautiful hills and glens of the historic Cateran Trail in Perthshire.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s National Charity. It provides a lifetime of support to serving soldiers, former soldiers, and their immediate families when in need, minimising hardship and encouraging independence and dignity.

The Cateran Yomp has raised millions of pounds for the charity, with donations funding everything from wheelchair ramps for soldiers’ homes to respite care and personal recovery plans for injured soldiers returning from the front line.

Reflecting on the weekend, Major General Tim Hyams CB OBE, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, commented: “The Cateran Yomp is a flagship event for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and has this year seen record participation. I am hugely grateful to every participant who has demonstrated significant mental and physical resilience and an evident sense of teamwork. In so doing, they have made a tangible difference to our ability, as the Army’s national charity, to be there for soldiers, for life.”

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