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Reliance High-Tech travels 7,720 miles around the UK to raise money for the Blue Lamp Foundation

May 23, 2024

An intrepid fundraising team from Reliance High-Tech, the leading independent security technology integrator, has embarked on a challenge to ‘virtually’ circumnavigate the UK mainland in 30 days using only human powered transportation.

The Reliance High-Tech Human Powered Travel Challenge ‘starts’ from the London Gateway and will see colleagues join forces to run, walk, cycle, skip, row and even hop the 7,720 miles around the UK, with their progress being recorded on a corporate fitness app and social media.

60 Reliance colleagues have registered for this challenge, which commenced on 26th September 2022 and, after their first weekend, the team has completed 792 miles, which takes them to Sunderland!

The aim is to raise funds for Reliance High-Tech’s chosen charity, the Blue Lamp Foundation. Blue Lamp was created in 2010 by PC David Rathband after he was shot at close range. This left him completely blind in both eyes and following a brave battle to overcome his injuries and adapt to his new life, David passed away at the age of 44. The Blue Lamp Foundation helps those from the emergency services who have been injured, physically and/or emotionally, in the line of duty It provides funding and support towards, treatment, rehabilitation and out-of-pocket expenses.

The Reliance High-Tech Human Powered Travel Challenge is the first fundraiser that the team has been able to undertake since 2019 when employees scaled the equivalent height of Mount Everest using the stairs at its headquarters. They climbed 29,035ft after completing 605 ascents of the stairs and 45,980 steps within a month, raising funds for the SSAFA.

‘We take the selection of our corporate charity very seriously. The incredible work that the Blue Lamp Foundation does to support emergency operational personnel from the UK’s police, fire and ambulance services who become injured whilst carrying out their duties was a perfect fit with our corporate social responsibility (CSR) ethos. We hope that as many people as possible can sponsor us in order to provide funds that continue David Rathband’s great work.’

Lead organiser of the Reliance High-Tech Human Powered Travel Challenge and the company’s director of finance, David Walton

The Reliance High-Tech Human Powered Travel Challenge team will be constantly plotting its progress and providing updates on Reliance High-Tech’s LinkedIn page.