Researching the cures


Hettich UK takes on Twin Peaks challenge in memory of colleague

An 11-strong team from Salford-based company Hettich UK took on the challenge of climbing England and Wales’ highest peaks within a day to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

The team were walking in memory of their colleague Helena Grant, who passed away last year. Helena’s daughter Mel McDermott also joined the group on the challenge, which saw them complete Scafell Pike in 4 hours 45 minutes on 21 June, before conquering Snowdon before dark in just under 6 hours. The team has already raised more than £3,500 for the charity.

hettich team

“Helena was our receptionist and a beloved colleague to us all,” said Hettich UK Midlands area sales manager Matt Fowler. “She was with Hettich UK for 23 years and suffered with pancreatic cancer for some time.

“We decided on the Twin Peaks to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. It’s a challenge which suits a diverse group of people and hopefully will be seen as a worthwhile activity to encourage people to give generously!”

Pancreatic cancer affects around 11,000 people in the UK each year. It is sometimes called a silent disease because people are often unaware of any symptoms until the disease is quite far advanced, so survival rates are poor. Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund exclusively funds research into pancreatic cancer in the UK and Ireland, with all funding coming from public fundraising and donations.