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Mark Raeburn: 3.5 minute read

OLM rises to the challenge for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

We empower our staff to make a difference and give back. To this end, a team of Change Makers from OLM will attempt the Three Peaks Challenge next month. They will be doing so in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and have an ambitious target of £1,500 to raise, with a defined time frame of 24 hours in which to complete all three summits.

This is a logistics challenge as much as it is a speed challenge. The fitness levels in the team will be tested along with their ability to maintain a good pace, whilst leaving no-one behind. It is a challenge that will place great emphasis on teamwork and reinforce the message that when we work together, we can achieve anything.

Why Cystic Fibrosis?

There are 100’s of charities across the country that dedicate themselves to a cause. They all champion the values of those that need assistance and we are proud to assist them in their duty. We support all those that would dedicate their lives to making a difference and the team’s choice of, Cystic Fibrosis is one that we support, wholeheartedly.

With so many charities in which to dedicate the challenge to, the choice of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a great one, as it is a cause that is close to our hearts. Sometimes lost in the shuffle, those that suffer with the disease often don’t live past 40. We want to raise awareness of this and the great work that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is doing, in order to drive up standards of care.

The disease is one that can be misunderstood as it is not publicised as much as Cancer but it is one that is worthy of attention also. It is a disease that is genetic and one that whilst not affecting you outside of the womb, can leave you as a carrier of sorts.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

This wording has been taken from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust:

The gene affected by Cystic Fibrosis controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells. People with Cystic Fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body. 

To take this a step further and explain. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic gene that affects more than 10,400 people in the UK. It is something that you are born with and cannot catch. This is not to say that once you have been born, you need not worry, as one in 25 of us carries the ‘faulty gene’. Most of us never know that we have this gene until we see the birth of our children and realise that they have been diagnosed with it.

Through research that is being conducted by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, we have hope for a better future. They are funding pioneering research that is driving up standards of care and giving those with Cystic Fibrosis the best chance at life. This is a noble cause and one that is making a difference to the lives of those affected by the disease.

More information on Cystic Fibrosis is available via the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s website or via the NHS. Either way, we recommend that you have a look at some of the stories of those living with the disease.

Why the Three Peaks?

We are an organisation that works to tight deadlines in order to get projects up and running as quickly as possible. The quicker a client is using the system, the quicker that they can be applying the benefits to their organisation.

With this in mind and given the additional logistical challenge that sits behind the Three Peaks Challenge, it was chosen as a great team adventure. The tight 24-hour time frame in which to get from A to B to C, with multiple participants; in addition to actually climbing the three giants, means that the team has their work cut out for them.

Many of those looking to take on the challenge have never climbed a mountain before. So to have their first attempt at climbing a mountain revolving around three of the biggest, is a great achievement in itself. It showcases the dedication of the team to making a difference to such a great charity, by any means.

Please support us

Follow their journey on social media via our Twitter account. See the heights that they will need to climb to in order to support this great cause. We are proud of them and believe in their adventure and all those Change Makers that have come before them.

Earlier this year, Paul Nevulis from our Integration Team ran the London Marathon in aid of the MS Trust, raising more than £1,400 for them. He is going to be one of those attempting the Three Peaks Challenge in June and shows that we are not satisfied with making a single difference. We want to continue making a difference to as many great causes across the country as possible.

Another team member is our Head of Hosted Services, Nick Carter, who is also taking on his second challenge. Nick, has previously taken part in another OLM challenge in the Lake District, cycling 80km, hiking up and down Mt Helvellyn and canoeing 3km around Lake Thirlmere, all between sunrise and sunset. He did so for Action Medical Research for Children.

How can I support them?

They have set up a Just Giving page, which is available here.

You can also follow their adventure via our Twitter account (@OLMSystems). We will also be posting updates in the run up to their climb and also sharing via our Facebook account. In addition to this, we will be writing about their adventures, here in the Insight section of our website and hope that you will join us in sharing and spreading the good word.

If you have any questions that you would like to post to our team, then please email us at hello@olmsystems.com. We will then send them on and share the answers on Twitter. If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the mind-set of anyone that is training for a big climb, then this is your chance.