Pension specialists to carry out unusual Wrekin challenge for charity

A team of pension specialists will take on an unusual challenge this month as they continue their support of five local charities.

The giant duck pictured here with Rachel Lewis (Hope House), Lucy Ruff (Severn Hospice), James Tomlinson (marketing manager Pensionlite),  Sara Bennett (Jayne Sargent Foundation), Jan Hawthorne, Naomi Atkin (Lingen Davies) and Simon Cater (Compton Care) will be carried up The Wrekin
The giant duck pictured here with Rachel Lewis (Hope House), Lucy Ruff (Severn Hospice), James Tomlinson (marketing manager Pensionlite), Sara Bennett (Jayne Sargent Foundation), Jan Hawthorne, Naomi Atkin (Lingen Davies) and Simon Cater (Compton Care) will be carried up The Wrekin

Staff at Pensionlite, based in Stafford Court Telford, will attempt to carry a giant duck up to the top of The Wrekin as part of their 12 months of charity cause.

The duck, named ‘C-Ellie-Brate’, was created by Ellie Perks of Abraham Darby Academy and brought to life by artist Traci Moss.

Pensionlite company director Michael Shaw said: “The giant ducks had a huge following when they were on display in Southwater and Ironbridge.

“When we heard that they were going to be auctioned off we knew we had to bid on one.

“Our duck has become a kind of figurehead for our charity work this year and it is incredibly iconic to the local community.”

So far this year staff have completed a 24-hour indoor rowathon, a coast to coast bike ride across Britain from Whitehaven to Newcastle and hiked across the Carding Mill Valley.

Mr Shaw said: “We are having a special custom frame made that will allow up to four people to carry the duck safely.

“It will be an incredible sight to see one of these stunning artistic creations looking out across the Shropshire countryside.”

Pensionlite’s 12 months of charity has so far raised almost £7,000 for Hope House, Severn Hospice, Compton Care, Lingen Davies and Jayne Sargent Foundation.

Marketing manager James Tomlinson said: “Staff and volunteers have worked very hard this year and the finish line is almost here.

“We have smashed through our original target of £5,000 and have set our sights on hitting £10,000 by the end of the year.”

If you would like to support the team as they take on this challenge the event takes place September 29 and will start from the bottom of The Wrekin.

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