While 2022 was the 35th year of the annual Climb of Life (COL), it was christened ‘Sweet 16’ to mark the 16th year the event has supported the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).
Tackling cold, damp and windy conditions in the Lake District, eight groups of hikers conquered a total of ten peaks between them, raising almost £51,500 in the process. In total, COL has now donated more than £1.75 million to the cancer research charity.
Spearheading the 2022 fundraising efforts were OPI (parent company of Workplace360), Hamelin and EVO, with Avery UK and Office Power also recognised by organiser Philip Lawson for raising significant amounts.
OPI Director Janet Bell thanked all those from around the world that supported the charitable endeavour. “I have taken part in the Climb of Life for 12 years and it is a fantastic cause. Together, the UK business supplies industry has raised over £1.75 million which is an incredible amount of money. We are proud to support the Institute of Cancer Research and the lifesaving work it does. Even if it means getting cold, wet and windswept every time, it is worth it.”
The 2022 climb saw a number of first-time attendees – around 20 of the 90 walkers were new to COL. Mark Heath, Managing Director of Office Power (read In conversation with… for an interview with Heath) was one of the new participants: “It’s a great cause with industry members doing something really good. It was different but fun.”
Says Lawson: “Despite the seriousness of the intent of the event and the important fundraising COL does, everyone has a great time. Some of the participants have gained lifelong friends through their early involvement. They continue to come along each year for the feeling of fellowship and to renew those long-established relationships.”
The 2023 Climb of Life will take place on 10 November, and Lawson encourages anyone interested in getting involved to book early. After a brief hiatus, walkers will be based once again at The Swan in Grasmere – the original home of COL for over 25 years.