The Down Town team have achieved an outstanding feat by taking on the challenge of scaling the equivalent height of Mount Everest and successfully raising over £1000 in the process.
Dedicated staff, families and friends from Burnley Together, Burnley Leisure and Culture, Burnley Council, Community Grocery, Life Church and Calico Homes tirelessly climbed the stairs of The Calico Group building, Centenary Court.
The target was to climb Centenary court 484 times, the team overachieved by climbing the stairs 500 times. 26 people in total took part in the 2 and a half hours climb with the youngest member of the team being 5 years old.
The funds raised through the challenge will be used to keep the Down Town facility at Charter Walk up and running. Operated by Burnley Together, Down Town offers vital services including access to discounted food, school uniform shop and support and guidance services. A community kitchen and café managed by Burnley Leisure is also at the heart of Down Town. There is also the Community Grocery run by the Message Trust and Life Church.
The facility provides a space for partners of Burnley Together to deliver valuable community services including: Burnley Leisure and Culture, Life Church, Children Family and wellbeing services, Step into employment programme, Prince’s Trust, Primary care networks, Home Start, New Era, Citizens advice and Burnley FC in the Community.
Fundraising events will be held throughout the year, with £30,000 needed to be raised throughout the year to keep the doors of Down Town open.
Nicola Lanarch, Burnley Together Coordinator said: ‘Thank you to everyone who came and took part in the Everest Challenge, it was great to see so many of our teams take on what was a really tough challenge and support Down Town.
We really appreciate the support and the funds will go towards Burnley Together providing vital services for our community.’