Biscuit factory workers' 15-mile challenge in memory of Windy

A group of colleagues will be taking on a 15-mile charity walk in memory of a late friend. Employees from Elkes Biscuits in Uttoxeter will be taking on the walk which starts and finishes at their offices on Cheadle Road today (May 4).

The team hope to raise £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of former colleague Paul Winandy who died last year. Liz Parsons, site manufacturing manager at Elkes Biscuits, has taken a leading role in organising the walk, by planning the route, encouraging colleagues to sign up and fundraise and also sourcing items for goodie bags to be given to everyone at the end.

She said: “Paul ‘Windy’ was a great friend and colleague missed by us all. I am extremely proud of our workforce here at Elkes Biscuits in Uttoxeter, their support and generosity is fantastic, so I want to say a massive thank you to them.

“Macmillan nurses at Royal Derby Hospital supported Paul and his family through the final stages of his life and he wanted us to raise as much as possible to support funding, allowing this wonderful service to continue. We are doing this for our mate Paul.”

This is the second year that the walk has taken place but this time will be the first since Paul’s death. John Harrison, relationship fundraising manager for Macmillan in the West Midlands, said: “Supporters like Liz are incredibly valuable to Macmillan in helping to ensure we can be there to support people with cancer.

“We’re so grateful to everyone involved in this walk and it’s such a wonderful way to remember Paul and celebrate his life. Macmillan are determined to do whatever it takes to ensure people with cancer can live life as fully as they can, but this is only possible thanks to generous and inspiring supporters like Liz and everyone at Elkes Biscuits putting in so much effort to help raise money.”

Donations to support the challenge can be made via their online Just Giving page here.

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