The managing directors of Winterhalter UK and Gram UK have joined forces to take part in a gruelling five day trek across Peru in a bid to raise £10,000 for Springboard. The charity works to help disadvantaged people find employment within the hospitality industry.
Stephen Kinkead, MD of Winterhalter UK (pictured above) and Glenn Roberts, MD of Gram UK will be putting fine dining and five star hotels behind them as the intrepid trekkers camp under the stars and follow ancient trails leading to the ruins of Machu Pichu, testing their endurance to the limit.
The journey will end up at a remote village where they will spend three days installing solar panels to bring sustainable energy to the local school and attempt to teach computer skills and give English lessons.
Kinkead said: “When we first discussed it, I thought, ‘well, if Robbo can do it then I can.’ Turns out he was thinking, ‘if Kinky can do it then I can.’ We might both be working on false premises….
“Seriously, though, of course it will be tough but it will also be a fabulous experience. More importantly, we’ll not only be supporting Springboard, which is an absolutely top charity, but also, hopefully, using whatever talents we have to help children in this remote Peruvian school.”
Roberts added: “Both Stephen and I spent our early careers working in catering. It’s great to have this opportunity to give something back.
“As for the trek, I used to do a lot of walking. I know I’ll be knackered, but it I’ll really enjoy being back in the mountains. Mind, there is the issue of spending an extended period in a tent with Kinky…”
Stephen and Glenn are taking part in Springboard’s official Peru Trek 2016, which is happening 11-22 March.
The two are self-funding their trip, so all the money they raise for their just giving page will go to charity. So far the pair are 40% of the way to reaching their target.
Their JustGiving page can be found HERE.