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Synectics Undertakes 3 Lakes Challenge for Brathay Trust

11 November 2016

Synectics has undertaken an ‘oar-some’ feat of human endurance to raise money for Brathay Trust.

On 3 September, 22 Synectics employees from the UK and Munich offices rowed 38km across three lakes in the Lake District.

A total of £6,150.72 was raised this year.

The challenge started at Ullswater, where the volunteers set out in open canoes and paddled a distance of 12.2km. At Coniston, participants switched vessels to 10 man voyager canoes and made their way down the 8.3km of Coniston Water. Once they completed Coniston they changed vessels again and rowed whalers along the 18.08km length of Windermere, finishing at Brathay Hall.

Brathay Trust was nominated as Synectics’ official charity in memory of Nigel Poultney, Synectics’ Company Secretary, who himself took part in the 3 Lakes Challenge in 2012. This is the third year that Synectics has chosen Brathay as its official charity event.

In Sheffield Brathay’s work includes; running a community centre in Hillsborough for the benefit of young people and families in the area, working with St Luke’s to help under-18s deal with bereavement, helping young people improve their mental health and providing employability programmes for those not in education, employment or training (NEET). 

Tracy Barnett, Purchasing Officer at Synectics Operations Centre said: “The work Brathay do for young people in local communities 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 it has been especially poignant for us as we have undertaken the challenge in memory of Nigel.”

Scott Umpleby, Brathay’s Head of Fundraising said: “This is the third year that Synectics staff have helped us help young people by raising an amazing grand total of almost £20,000.

“The result of such generosity has and will continue to improve vulnerable young people’s lives. Synectics’ donations have supported young offenders, helped improve employability chances for those not in education, employment or training and provided essential support for sexually exploited girls.

“This latest donation will allow us to deliver other critical programmes supporting 10-16 years old coping with bereavement, young people leaving care and those with a parent with a drug or alcohol problem.”

In the run up to the event staff at Synectics’ offices held a series of charity events to drive donations to the charity. These included dress down days, car washing, bake sales and coffee mornings.


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