Harriers fan Rob Glassey, who is a Team Leader at Beakbane and has worked at the company for 16 years, applied to the Beakbane Employee Trust, which holds a 55% stake in the company on behalf of its employees, for support.
The Trust agreed to donate £500 to sponsor the shirts that the walkers will be wearing on the second day of their walk. Beakbane will have its name on the back of the shirts and the cheque for the sponsorship will be handed over at half-time at the Harriers’ game on 5 April.
KHIST aims to raise around £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a suggestion made by Steve Millington before his death, by walking 65 miles over two days from the Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium to the Forest Green Rovers Stadium in Nailsworth, near Cirencester. The 52 walkers plan to arrive on 8 April in time for the 7.45pm kick-off of that evening’s league game between the two sides.
Karl Davies of KHIST said: “We are delighted with the support that we have received from Beakbane. We wanted to involve as many local firms as possible and there are obviously lots of Harriers fans at Beakbane.”
Mike Southwell, managing director of Beakbane, added: “This is a very worthwhile cause, with a strong local link. We are proud to support this effort, particularly so because the way Beakbane is set up as an employee-owned company means that it is the people who work here themselves that are giving that support.”
Karl Davies says that the fundraising effort is continuing, with collections at the two Harriers games, via sponsorship and online through Just Giving www.justgiving.com/fgrwalkers .
“We’re going to keep on to the final whistle,” he says.