Leonardo Abbey Wood team takes on charity walk in aid of Cancer Research

04 July 2022

Since the first lockdown in March 2020 – as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak – Leonardo team members embedded within the Typhoon Delivery Team at Ministry of Defence (MoD) Abbey Wood in Bristol have been undertaking regular walks to maintain their fitness and bolster their wellbeing.

Between 4-8 August, the team – comprising ex-service personnel Phil Fraser, Leonardo Technical Liaison, Chris Thornton, Embedded Project Manager, Martyn O’Brien, Typhoon DASS Manager and Jeremy Porter, Embedded Project Manager – will be taking on a 5-day challenge. The team will walk 140 miles from Abbey Wood in Bristol to Leonardo’s Luton site to raise funds for Cancer Research UK – the chosen charity of those working at the Luton site.

The team’s testing trek forms part of the company’s employee led ‘Walking Challenge’ – a UK-wide initiative to encourage Leonardo employees to be active over the summer months. The challenge takes place over 10 weeks (4 July to 18 September) and follows on from the company’s global fitness challenge during May, the Leonardo World Tour.

Team member Chris explained the team’s motivation: “Cancer Research UK is a cause that many of us are passionate about, as it supports so many families across the UK who are coping with loved ones living with this disease, and we want to raise further funds for research. We wanted to focus our fundraising on this charity, as we feel a strong bond with the Luton business.

“For over two years now, we have been participating in the company’s Fit For the Future (FFF) Walking Challenge which has meant us getting to know many members of the team based at the Luton site. Because we’ve tackled so many walks together and we’ve got something like 120 years of military service between us, we know how to get on with each other at close proximity through all weathers, so we’re looking forward to this new challenge.”

You can learn more about the team and make a donation by visiting their JustGiving page.