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At Jefferies, we are always keen to give back whenever we can. For many years, we have supported the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), an organisation that provides day trips and holidays for terminally ill, disadvantaged and disabled children at its farm in the Cheshire countryside.
This month, two members of staff took on fundraising challenges for the charity: solicitor Michael Mawdsley travelled to South America to take on the Inca Trail, while our director Michael Jefferies took part in a 30-mile cycle ride through the Cheshire countryside.
At the beginning of November, Mike Mawdsley, a regular fundraiser for CAFT, took part in a gruelling 9-day trek through the Andes Mountains.
As part of a team of intrepid hikers, Mike’s challenge began in the Inca capital of Cusco (2650m above sea level). While there, the group spent a couple of days exploring the city and acclimatising to the high altitude.
The main trek began on Day 4 as the group began hiking along The Inca Trail, along the Urubamba River, to the Kusichaca Valley. Over the next few days, the group conquered high mountain passes and trekked through ancient tunnels on the way to Macchu Picchu.
The highpoint of the trip saw the group reaching Sun Gate, where they enjoyed the sunrise and magnificent views over the lost city of Machu Picchu. After exploring the city’s fascinating buildings and ruins, Mike and the team began the descent back down to Cusco where they reflected on their fantastic achievement.
After returning to the UK after a 26-hour trip home, Mike reflected on his adventure:
“The trek itself was amazing, but definitely my toughest challenge yet. At over 4000m up, the air was thin; it was easy to get out of breath if you rushed too much. Thank you to all of my friends and colleagues for their sponsorship and support. The money I have raised will help to make a huge difference to lives of the children who visit CAFT.”
On Sunday 19th November, our director Michael Jefferies, braved the frosty weather and joined 204 other eager cyclists to take part in CAFT’s annual Santa Dash Bike Ride.
Gathering in Altrincham town centre, outside the famous Altrincham Market, the group set off on their 30-mile bike ride through the picturesque Cheshire countryside. The route took Michael and the other Santas towards Hale and then through Tatton Park and onto Knutsford. The group then cycled past Arley Hall before arriving for a pit stop at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
After enjoying some mulled wine and hot mince pies, the cyclists got back on the saddle and rode back into Altrincham to the finish line. Overall, the event raised more than £4,350 for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
Later this month, we’ll be returning to the CAFT headquarters at Booth Bank Farm to host one of their children’s Christmas parties.
You can learn more about The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and their fantastic work by visiting their website.