A team of Greene King colleagues have returned from taking on Africa’s highest mountain in a seven-day trek to raise money for the company’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

"The team once again showed how dedicated our employees are to raise funds for such a meaningful cause."

Giving up their free time, the Greene King team spent many hours training, preparing to tackle the steep 5,895 metre climb to help support people living with cancer. Battling the effects of high altitude and rough terrain, they got to grips with nature and camping out under the African stars.

Talking about the gruelling challenge, Greene King hospitality trainer, Sarah Talbot said: “It has been amazing to see time and again on this trip what people can overcome. If our seven day trek up Kilimanjaro can do anything to lessen or overcome the challenges faced by those with cancer, then every moment, every pain, every torturous step was worth it. I am honoured to have been a part of something so wonderful, and count myself lucky to have been able to do it with so many amazing people.”

Matthew Plested, based at Greene King’s head office in Bury St Edmunds, wanted to take on the challenge after losing his father to cancer. He said: “My dad was only 61 when he passed away, the day before my mums 59th birthday. I want to do this to raise much needed awareness and money to help loved ones and families deal with such devastating news and to get through those heart-breaking moments in life.”

Meanwhile, Esther McDonald, from its Pub Company Support Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent, sadly lost her good friend to cancer earlier this year, so was more determined than ever to take on this epic feat in her friend’s name, and on behalf of everyone who is facing cancer at the moment.

The team of 24 employees from across the country set off on their once in a lifetime challenge on October 5th returning on October 15th, aiming to raise a staggering £100,000 for Macmillan.  Macmillan offers financial and emotional support to families living with cancer.

Rooney Anand, chief executive officer at Greene King said: “We are incredibly proud of our 24 team members who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Macmillan. This was part of our corporate fundraising campaign, Miles for Macmillan, and was certainly the most difficult challenge we have set to date. The team once again showed how dedicated our employees are to raise funds for such a meaningful cause. Congratulations to them all.”

Rachel Gascoigne, partnership manager at Macmillan Cancer Support added: “Here at Macmillan we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from Greene King colleagues. We want to say thank you to the team for taking on this amazing challenge to raise money for us, which will help us provide vital support for the growing number of people living with cancer.”

Since partnering with Macmillan in 2012, Greene King colleagues and customers have raised £3.5 million for the charity.