Scantec’s ‘Astounding Stellars’ mark 100-day Samworth Charity Challenge countdown

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The 100-day countdown has officially begun before Scantec’s Astounding Stellars tackle the unique Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge.

Expedition Leader and Divisional Manager of the Food Manufacturing Team (FMCG), Sara Frith will join up with Operations Director, Adam Spelman and two more intrepid consultants (Lucy Stokes and Tony Williams) from the FMCG Team at the specialist recruitment firm, for the exciting day-long adventure in Mid Wales.

On Saturday 13th June, the team will be dropped at a secret location near Lake Vyrnwy in Powys to begin a gruelling 65 kilometre cycling, kayaking and orienteering challenge through spectacular scenery, remote mountain ranges and rough terrain.

Scantec’s Astounding Stellars were invited to take part after Samworth Brothers opened out the challenge to participants from recruitment agencies for the first time since the launch of the event in 2007.

Sara Frith and Lucy Stokes accompanied by Claire Bear!
Lucy Stokes (left) and Sara Frith (right) are joined by Claire House mascot Claire Bear, as they prepare for the Samworth Charity Challenge

Sara and the team have worked with Samworth Brothers for almost a decade, sourcing specialist, interim and permanent recruitment services. The team will battle it out against 90 internal Samworth Group and external supply chain squads, checking in at base operations and checkpoints to gather points and gain momentum throughout the day.

Through sponsorship and a programme of fundraising, the team will raise money for Cancer Research UK and Claire House, a Wirral-based hospice that provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young adults with life-limiting medical conditions.

Sara Frith explained: “We are grateful to Samworth Brothers and delighted to have this opportunity to raise much-needed funds. With no guaranteed Government funding, Claire House needs to raise £2.9 million every year just to maintain their vital services. These figures have spurred us on to set individual fundraising targets and train hard to complete this life-changing challenge.”

Read on to find out more about Scantec’s ‘Astounding Stellars’ – and don’t forget to sponsor them for their amazing effort!

Scantec’s Astounding Stellars:

Sara Frith– FMCG Divisional Manager: BSc, MIRP, DipRP

A natural born leader, Sara enjoys being out of her comfort zone. Former British National Swimmer, Sara maintains her fitness with more than 9 hours of training each week. She will embrace whatever is thrown at her and has recognised a need to learn patience before the trip!

Lucy Stokes– Senior FMCG Account Manager: BA (Hons), IORcert

Lucy is competitive by nature and a fierce ball of energy. Although unskilled at map reading by her own admission, Lucy will be great at motivating and supporting her teammates and has been cross-training regularly to get on top form for the trip.

Tony Williams – FMCG Account Manager

Tony will be swapping strolls around sunny golf courses for the wilderness and until recently, believed that he was allergic to any form of high-impact exercise. Tony will be bringing SAS tips (picked up from library books) and humour to the trip.

Adam Spelman – Operations Director, CertRP FIRP

Adam intends to enjoy himself while making the most of a remarkable experience. At 6ft 4in, with a fear of heights, Adam is most looking forward to the mountaineering demands of the event! Adam will step up the cycling side of his training as soon as he buys a bike!