Catering equipment walking group sets date for next challenge

Commercial Catering Equipment Charity Walking Group, Blencathra 2019

The Commercial Catering Equipment Charity Walking Group is re-uniting to walk up Kinder Scout in the Peak District next month.

The walk is the follow-up to their previous challenge, which saw them conquer Blencathra in the Lake District in September 2019 (main image).

The team is led by James Connolly of Celltherm Coldrooms and Nick Archer of Archer Catering Services.

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They will once again be raising funds for Hospitality Action, which supports members of the hospitality Industry who have fallen on hard times.

The team will head up Kinder Scout in the Peak District on Friday the 21 February 2020, leaving Edale Village at 9:30am after a bacon sandwich and a hot drink.

The last walk in the Lake District was a great success and Keith Warren, the chief executive of the Foodservice Equipment Association, has given the latest event his organisation’s full support.

“I am delighted with this initiative that is focusing on our industry’s mental health and wellbeing. FEA will be actively encouraging our members to get involved.”

The Kinder Scout walk will re-enact the Mass Trespass back in 1932. This walk was the initial act of defiance against aristocratic landowners which helped to open up swathes of wild land to walkers, ramblers and the general public without fear of prosecution.

Mr Archer said: “The walk is about 8.5 miles and will be over 2,200 feet high. It should take us about four to five hours, but there is no time limit and the team welcome walkers of all ages and abilities.”

By holding the walk on a Friday, and staying overnight in Glossop afterwards, the group hopes that bosses let their staff have a day off to attend the walk, or even organise their own team building day within this event.

Previous walks have drawn wide ranging attendance from not just manufacturers but also kitchen houses, distributors and foodservice consultants.

Offers of support have been pledged from Celltherm Coldrooms, Falcon Foodservice, Archers Catering Systems, Blue Seal, FEA and Essential Supplies.

“These walks are about improving the health and wellbeing of our industry,” said Mr Connolly.

There’s no mandatory fee and no commitment to raise funds, but the team are asking for donations via their fundraising page here:

Anyone wanting to join the group should email or for further information.

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