Earlier this year, employees from Lucite International’s (LI) Cassel site in the UK were joined by a team of employees from SABIC, a Saudi Arabian chemicals company with operations in North East England, to take on the ‘White Rose Walk’ – a gruelling 38-mile route traversing the North York Moors – in aid of Zoe’s Place children’s hospice.

Pictured: the team beneath Kilburn’s White Horse hill marking

John Allison, SAR Operator at our Cassel site, shared this story with us:

“First and foremost, we would like to thank LI and SABIC for helping us to raise so much money for a very important charity that operates locally to our sites. We were also overwhelmed by the response from our friends and colleagues.

Zoe’s Place (based in Middlesbrough, not far from LI’s Cassel site and SABIC’s Wilton site) was chosen by one of our team members because a family friend had used the hospice. I also have friends who have used Zoe’s Place, so it was a really easy decision to nominate it. When visiting the hospice after the walk, we were left in no doubt that the money raised has gone to a truly precious local charity doing amazing work.”

Onto the walk itself…

John continued: “I’ve got to be honest and say that it was hard! We set off from the car park in the shadow of Kilburn’s famous ‘White Horse’ (a local landmark featuring the figure of a horse marked out on the hillside) at around 4:30am with 38 miles between us and the end-point. It was certainly a challenge, at times psychological rather than physical. Many of the moors’ tracks are straight, so looking up into the distance gives you the illusion of not getting anywhere!

“The route is very remote with very few places, if any, to take on supplies so a reasonable amount of preparation is required. Reaching the halfway-point at the small village of Chop Gate, we gave ourselves a very welcome break for lunch (and a beer). Despite our brief rest, the climb out of Chop Gate almost killed me! After another challenging climb further along the route, we reached a far more “easy-going” stretch, only for the heavens to open – I don’t think I’ve ever been caught out in the rain quite like that!

“As we approached the end-point beneath the prominent North Yorkshire landmark, Roseberry Topping, we all knew we had just done something seriously hard. Muscles ached in places that made you think “why?” – not to mention the blisters!

“It was a truly great day. We raised a fantastic total of £2,671 for Zoe’s Place, which, comprised donations from our friends, families and colleagues as well as contributions from Lucite International and SABIC. Thanks again to everyone who donated – the total was truly amazing and very much appreciated by all of us, but most especially by Zoe’s Place.”

Pictured: team members from LI and SABIC present a cheque to Zoe’s Place