Interfood raise funds for childrens’ charity through adventure challenge

Interfood raise funds for childrens’ charity through adventure challenge

A team from Thame based food technology, processing equipment and ingredients specialists Interfood took third place in the 2015 Samworth Brothers Challenge and in doing so has raised over £3,700 for Make-A-Wish® UK. Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.  Sarah Shearman, Regional Fundraising Manager at Make-A-Wish said: “We are extremely grateful to Interfood for their impressive fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish. This year we want to grant 1,000 magical wishes and it’s fundraising like this that will help us achieve our target. A wish is a lasting memory not just for the child or young person fighting a life-threatening condition, but for their parents and siblings too; it can provide some much needed respite or simply give them some precious time together as a family.”

The 2015 event took place in June in Lake Vyrnwy, Wales and saw over 90 teams from throughout the UK compete in an adventure race which has raised well over £1million since its inception in 2007 by Samworth Brothers. Rob Unwin, Paul Seedhouse, Tom Foran and John O’Hara made up the “Interfood…not fitness” team, competing in the event which offers three categories of challenge: Tough, Super Tough and Elite.

The Interfood team came third in the ‘Super Tough’ category with points secured over a course which saw them canoe for 12km, cycle 37km (with a height gain of nearly 1,000 metres), and orienteer 9km of terrain with a height gain of 322 metres. This was followed by the ‘Nuts’ assault course, with maximum points secured for successfully negotiating 30 military style obstacles, including trekking waist deep through a freezing river to reach the finish.

Despite the tough terrain, challenging weather conditions and the Interfood canoe sinking some 10 metres from shore, the team finished in one piece.

Commenting on the challenge, team member Tom Foran, Technical Sales representative for Interfood’s Slicing Division, said –“It was a tremendous effort by all involved and was comfortably the toughest thing I have ever done. The Brownlee Brothers, gold and bronze medal winners from the London Olympics, took part in the challenge and in their after-dinner speech said how tough it was for them so we were in exalted company.  It was an excellent day and we’d just like to thank Samworth Brothers for putting us through or paces and congratulate them on raising much needed funds for over 50 very worthwhile charities.”