At the end of July employees at Kier Construction Eastern, along with friends and family, took on a 19 mile walk and climb around the Brecon Beacons and raised £1000 in total for Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue.

Led by Kier Planner, Ryann Peterson, the team of twelve reached seven peaks, including the famous Pen Y Fan in eight hours. The individuals taking part initially donated £305 which was then matched by the Kier Foundation, with additional sponsorship from Kier Construction Eastern bringing the total to £1000. This is the fourth walk the Eastern employees have completed, having previously undertaken the Three Peaks Challenge twice and the Peak District Walk.

Ryann, who volunteers with CamSAR commented: “Choosing to support Cambridgeshire Search & Rescue was an easy decision especially as I am a team member and have a front row seat to the service the organisation provides to those in need, and the vital support we give the emergency services during these times. We’re on call 24/7, 365 days a year and without the support and sponsorship from businesses like Kier we can’t exist. We can’t help people that desperately need it, we can’t train and we can’t buy and maintain the equipment we need to operate. I am very grateful to the walking team for their donation, the Kier Foundation for match funding and Kier Construction Eastern for their sponsorship. CamSAR ultimately save lives and they have all contributed to that today.”

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue team is a voluntary emergency specialist Search and Rescue organisation available 24/7, 365 days a year to support the emergency services in the Search and Rescue of vulnerable missing persons. The team is made up 100% of dedicated fully trained volunteers and receive no government funding, relying entirely upon one-off grants and individual donations to continue to provide this service.

Wayne Bent, Search Manager and Operational Lead at CamSAR, commented: “CamSAR have been in operation for over 10 years and within this time have saved many lives and brought closure to families who are not so lucky to have their loved ones returned safe and well. Our team are quite humbled by the effort that went in to raising this money and its value in support to our organisation far outweighs the monetary value. This donation means that our organisation can continue to be of service free of charge to our community because of the kindness and determination demonstrated by those involved, and I can personally guarantee that this money can and will help save the lives of many vulnerable missing people across the country. ”