Penguin Random House celebrate partnership with the Ministry of Stories through #MiniFest

Posted by Bhavani Esapathi on 27th June 2017

Penguin Random House UK have been celebrating their  partnership with Ministry of Stories with #MiniFest, a month packed with events, activities and competitions, including a particularly gruelling challenge – The Welsh 3000s.

Between Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May 15 intrepid Penguin Random House UK colleagues participated in The Welsh 3000s and raised an outstanding £10,500 for Ministry of Stories.

In just 48 hours the group reached whole new heights in a physically gruelling challenge where they took on 14 peaks in Snowdonia, each one over 900m high. In total they ascended 2,983 metres (which is the equivalent of climbing 903 floors.) We’re sure there were some very sore muscles in the days to follow!

The courageous fundraisers came from all over Penguin Random House UK offices to take on this challenge and we wanted to say a big thank you to them all: Amy Coughlan, Finn Hoggan, Matthew Geeson, Ben Linley, Joe Barnett, Faye Brewster, Yvonne Jacob, Rebecca Smart, Susan Livingston, Richard Bonfield, Siena Parker, Tom Monson, Katy Loftus, Fred Baty and Emily Robertson.

Finn said, “I’d never been to Wales until the day we arrived to start the challenge. What a place! What’s not to like? Stunning scenery, unique weather, friendly locals, great company and a body shattering experience of a walk that I don’t think I’ll ever manage to fully explain what it did to body and mind! I’ll be back mountains, I’ll be back! “

An extra special congratulation is in order to Joe, Fred and Tom for completing the whole challenge and to Amy for organising it.

Amy said, “Organising the Welsh 3000s event was a brilliant opportunity to spread awareness of the amazing work Ministry do, it was also a huge personal challenge for myself. I never thought I’d be able to climb Crib Goch (the hardest way to go up Snowden) and am so proud of how the whole team did. It’s definitely inspired me to take on some more challenges in the future.”

Penguin Random House UK have raised an incredible total of £19,400 through #MiniFest, a series of events, activities and competitions for employees to bring to life our charity’s impact. #MiniFest kicked off with The Walk and included a ‘Storymaking for Grown Ups’ workshop, quiz at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, and a talk from Ministry co-founder Nick Hornby on writing and creativity.

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