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Prime Minister Sponsors Stansted Security Officer In Mountain Challenge

18 Aug 2009

Stansted security officer Alli Irvin has secured a VIP sponsor for her Welsh mountain challenge. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged sponsorship for the charity climb which is raising money for Merlin, the international health charity.

Hatfield Heath resident Alli Irvin, who’s also a senior health and safety representative with trade union Unite, is part of a team of frontline staff and senior managers from Stansted Airport, taking part in the event in September.

Managing Director Stewart Wingate, terminal general manager, Neale Jouques and Andy Sneddon, Head of Health and Safety, are among the 24-strong team heading for the Welsh mountains.

The Welsh 3000ers challenge involves scaling 15 peaks over three days. Participants have to be fit and prepared to face the worst the British weather can throw at them. Many of those taking part have been training hard, or have been involved in Stansted’s Fit for Business programme which featured regular exercise sessions at the airport.

The man behind the programme is Much Hadham resident Andy Sneddon, a keen walker and climber. “Fit for Business was an opportunity for staff to do some exercise at the airport before or after work. But feedback showed many wanted to take it one step further and take on a challenge that would put their fitness to the test.”

“This is also a fantastic opportunity for frontline staff and senior managers to spend some time together outside of the airport, in a common task. It will benefit personal relationships and the business.”

The programme was tailor-made for the Stansted team by a specialist expedition company, Expedition Wise.

MD Stewart Wingate said: “This is going to be a gruelling challenge for some of us, but a great opportunity to test ourselves outside of the business environment.”

Alli said, of her high-profile sponsor: “I emailed all my trade union contacts seeking sponsorship and Gordon Brown’s office came back with a pledge,” she said. “I was gobsmacked!”

If you’d like to sponsor the team visit: http://www.justgiving.com/BAAWelsh3000ers/