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Hadrian’s Wall Challenge

Last year they did the Sahara; this year it has had to be closer to home. Men from London-based intelligence and security firm Blackstone Consultancy are this weekend trekking the length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for a charity, the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

The four-day trek starts in Carlisle (pictured, the setting off this morning). They are due to cover 84 miles (104km) from the west to east of the Roman wall, walking river paths, farmland, moorland and open salt marshes, and finishing in Newcastle. Their aim; to raise awareness and funds to help women facing breast cancer.

Blackstone’s Chartered Security Professionals (CSyPs) and intelligence specialists operate worldwide from capital cities to world trouble spots. Many of the specialists have military and law enforcement backgrounds.

With a target of £25,000, the team’s fundraising total stands at £16,400; a grant making trust that funds projects and provides financial support to UK charities that relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer.

Almost two-thirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer now survive their disease beyond 20 years; but, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented difficulties in the way of women receiving diagnosis and treatment.

The six walkers are Simon Giddins, Chris Moses, Rob Bates, Tom Tahany, Dave Neal and Rufus Caldecott; Simon Bennett from YOU Digital, Simon Aitken from Gauntlet Insurance and Adonis Pouroulis from Pella Resources. They are sponsored by Cigna, Ecclesiastical, I-Farm, Prestige Valuations & YOU Digital.

Blackstone Consultancy’s Director of Intelligence and Investigations, Chris Moses, who is heading the expedition said it would be ‘challenging’ but for a worthy cause. He added that the team annually complete the ‘Blackstone Consultancy challenge’ raising funds for good causes.

He said: “Each challenge represents a new charitable cause, our intention is to rotate from veterans’ charitable concerns, to children and women’s charities. Previously we have cycled 54 miles from south London to Brighton in aid of Blesma, a charity supporting injured veterans and trekked the Sahara Desert raising funds for Children’s Air Ambulance. The charities we choose reflect us and our core values; veterans causes due to our background as former soldiers, children’s charities because we are all fathers or uncles and women’s charities because we are husbands and sons.

“These are charities and causes we feel incredibly strongly about. During these tough and unprecedented times, we feel that it is important to give something back. Not only is it part of us being a socially responsible company, but it feels good to do something good as well.”

Jonathan Prince, Chair of Trustees, Pink Ribbon Foundation said: “The Pink Ribbon Foundation is delighted to be chosen as Blackstone Consultancy’s ‘Charity of the Year’. With so many women getting breast cancer and in these challenging times for them to get treatment, we can guarantee that the money Blackstone raises will make a difference to women with and recovering from this terrible disease. We wish all the fundraisers every success and much fun on their Hadrian’s wall trek!”

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