Friday 18 June 2010


A group of intrepid colleagues from Alan Day Volkswagen in New Southgate took on a notoriously tough climbing challenge to help fund a World Challenge expedition to the Himalayas, raising over £1,000.

Alan Day employees, David Wormald from Peckham, Nick Wells from Walthamstow and Andre Van Breda from Wimbledon joined three other trekkers to raise £1,100 to help fund David’s daughter, Frances’, World Challenge educational expedition, later this year.

The money was raised after the team took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - the three highest mountains in Yorkshire – all in under 12 hours.

The novice walkers agreed to support Frances’ fundraising challenge after the 17 year old raised over £2,000 for her expeditions by undertaking odd jobs for friends and colleagues.

Alan Day Volkswagen Van Centre also provided a Caravelle for the trek, easing travel arrangements and providing a much needed support vehicle for drinks in between summit climbs.

Alan Day’s accountant and trek team captain, David, said: “We were very happy to support Frances fundraising efforts; she has worked so hard and the 24.5 miles walk was ideal preparation for her Himalayan trek.

“We were so grateful to Alan Day for providing our transport and my partner’s initial driving concerns were unfounded as she found the van very easy to drive.

“Although we did some training we certainly all found the walk a lot harder than we expected, but the generous donations from Alan Day and our colleagues helped push us to complete the challenge in 11 hours and 40 minutes.”

World Challenge provides educational expeditions in the developing world for young people to help develop their life skills. All explorers are required to raise all money needed to fund their expedition.

For further information please contact Sue Foster or Becki Oake on 01902 714957 or email /

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