Journey Around the Worrall

Colleagues at Stoke-on-Trent building products manufacturer Building Adhesives Ltd (part of ARDEX Group), are taking on a mammoth 25,000-mile charity challenge for the Dougie Mac in memory of a former team member who sadly passed away from cancer.

Following the passing of Avril Worrall, the team at Building Adhesives wanted to do something to make a difference and bring people closer together in her memory.

Avril was a key member of the Building Adhesives and ARDEX Group R&D and Quality team over 21 years and is sadly missed by her many friends and colleagues at the company.

Joe Myatt-Winterton, QC Controller, decided to organise a fundraising challenge in aid of Douglas Macmillan hospice – the Worrall family’s nominated charity who did so much to support Avril during her fight.

From February, people at the company have been encouraged to “Journey Around The Worrall”, a play on the word world – by walking, running, swimming, cycling or even rowing to complete 25,000 miles; equivalent to travelling around the world across the equator!

Anyone can contribute to the distance goal with any physical activity that can be measured in distance.

Joe said: “This is an extremely difficult challenge, but is designed to be challenging to raise as much money as possible for Douglas Macmillan hospice, and to require that we all come together to contribute – doing events and walks in groups to remember Avril and to try and provide a little happiness and support to each other; something that Avril always did for those around her.”

Individual miles travelled are added to the grand total that currently stands at 8,878 miles, which is more than a third of the way through their target, and are being measured by all sorts of available apps; for example, strava, garmin, map my run, mapometer, etc.

So far a group of participants – colleagues and their friends and family – have reached just over one third of their target, completing challenges such as running the Potter’s ‘Arf, cycling the Manifold Trail, and walking the Roaches as well as lots of walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and even a bit of pedalo peddling!

The team are eager for more people to join in and of course any donations are greatly appreciated by Dougie Mac and everyone taking part in the Journey Around The Worral. People can support the challenge and keep updated with progress by donating via the Just Giving Page