Fuller’s raises £20,000 for Special Olympics GB

By Gary Lloyd

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Supreme effort: some of the walkers who trekked 21 miles between Fuller's pubs
Supreme effort: some of the walkers who trekked 21 miles between Fuller's pubs

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Almost 100 team members from Fuller, Turner and Smith (Fuller’s) and Special Olympics GB walked 21 miles between two Fuller’s pubs to raise £20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The fundraising effort, which covered the distance between the Swan in Staines and One Over the Ait in Brentford, boosted coffers for Fuller’s charity partner, Special Olympics GB, so it can fund regular sporting opportunities to transform the lives of those most in need across England, Scotland and Wales.

The walkers, comprising colleagues from Fuller’s pubs and hotels and its support centre, along with Special Olympics GB team members and athletes, took around nine hours to complete.

Brilliant day

Fuller’s chief executive Simon Emeny, who took part in the walk, said: “The Bridge Walk was a brilliant day spent with colleagues and our friends from Special Olympics GB – while raising money for a fantastic cause. The first Bridge Walk was held in 2022 and, after the success of this year’s, I’m looking forward to it again in 2024. It was great to see so many of the Fuller’s family coming together to support a cause that’s close to our hearts.

“Our partnership with Special Olympics GB started in 2018 and, since then, our teams have been really engaged in raising money and awareness for the charity. We were also joined by some of the Special Olympics GB athletes for the walk – some of whom are off to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin in June. It was a great chance for us to wish them all the best of luck.”

Always fun

Special Olympics GB CEO Colin Dyer added said: “Since the beginning of our partnership in 2018, Fuller’s support has allowed Special Olympics GB to deliver our work for more than 6,500 athletes at 95 all-ability, inclusive sports clubs – covering 27 sports across England, Scotland and Wales.

“This provides nearly 13,000 regular, hour-long sporting sessions per year, all delivered by a team of more than 3,800 volunteers. We’re looking forward to continuing our close work with Fuller’s as our partnership grows – it’s always fun and rewarding working with Fuller’s.”

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