A group of employees from ERS, the UK’s largest specialist motor insurer, recently took part in a charity trek challenge, raising thousands of pounds for London and Wales Air Ambulance.

A total of 25 ERS employees took on the TrekFest challenge, which sees participants enduring tough climbs and steep descents along a 50k route within the Brecon Beacons. The event, which took place on Saturday 6th July, saw ERS raise over £6000 for London and Wales Air Ambulance.

The endurance event saw the team burn a combined total of 175,000 calories as they completed the 50k course with 1,140m assents and three peaks. The challenging course means that completing the trek is more important than the time taken, but a special mention goes to Terry Saunders, who came second with an impressive time of 7 hours, 1 minute, running the course in an average of 10 minutes per mile.

London Air Ambulance operates a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, dedicated to responding to serious trauma emergencies in and around London. Wales Air Ambulance provides its services across Wales every single day, with its helicopters attending around 2,500 missions each year. London and Wales Air Ambulance are ERS’ partner charities, with the company dedicating its various charitable initiatives to these vital causes.

ERS provides motor insurance for specialist vehicles such as classic cars, combine harvesters and the most exclusive of supercars for unique events like the Gumball 3000 Rally.

Lauren Edwards, HR Director at ERS, said:

“I was honoured to take part in this year’s TrekFest challenge with a 25 strong team of what can only be described as relentlessly determined and brilliant people. The camaraderie and support shared amongst this team before, during and after the event was second to none and I was blown away that we were able to raise over £6000 for the London and Wales Air Ambulances. These charities are very important to ERS and to have our employees show such support and dedication to these causes is truly admirable.”