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Business raises an ‘oar-some’ amount for local charity Brathay Trust

TWENTY-TWO staff from a global surveillance business rowed an ‘oar-some’ 38km – the length of three Lake District lakes in under 12hrs to raise £6,150.72 for local charity Brathay Trust.

The Synectics employees from offices in UK and Munich started their challenge on Ullswater, by paddling 12.2km in open canoes. At Coniston the team took to 10 man voyager canoes to travel 8.3km down Coniston Water. Their final leg, the 18.08km length of Windermere, saw them row whalers, traditional wooden rowing gigs, to the finish at Brathay Hall’s boathouse.

This is the third year that a team from Synectics has tackled the three lakes challenge in support of Brathay’s work with vulnerable young people. They have now raised nearly £20,000. This year’s event was held in memory of Nigel Poultney, Synectics’ Company Secretary, who took part in their first 2012 challenge.

Chris Bishop, International Business Development Director at Synectics said: “The work Brathay does for young people is invaluable and we are proud to be raising money to support this worthy cause.

“Here at Synectics we like a challenge and this is the hardest one we’ve undertaken yet. It’s been a great exercise in bringing us together as a team. We trained and worked hard together to raise funds. This year was especially poignant for us as we undertook it in memory of Nigel.”

Scott Umpleby, Brathay’s Head of Fundraising said: “Synectics staff are helping us to help young people and we can’t thank them enough. Their fundraising has allowed us to support young offenders, help improve employability chances for those not in education or employment and provided essential support for young people affected by sexual exploitation.

“This year’s donation means we can deliver critical programmes supporting 10-16 years old coping with bereavement, young people leaving care and those with a parent with drug or alcohol problems.”

In the run up to the challenge, which took place in September, staff at Synectics’ offices held a series of fundraising events including dress down days, car washing, bake sales and coffee mornings.
Attached image shows: the Synectics team who raised an ‘oar-some’ amount for local charity Brathay Trust in their 3 lakes challenge

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