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Penman’s Plodders

My name is Lorraine and 20 years ago a fellow colleague at Selex ES UK had a challenge to organise a team event and organised a charity walk to the West Highland way. Everyone had a great time and said they would do it the following year. At that time everyone took their tents and the following year they went to Isle of Arran. I was not at those 2 walks but on their return, they all had a great time but had endured severe weather conditions, resulting in tents getting blown away during the night and being drenched.  This is where I came in. As I am known for being a good organiser and passionate about raising money for charity I was asked if I could help with the organising of the accommodation and raising money for charities.

So from then on and every year since we have been to different parts of Scotland (Pitlochry, Kingussie, Callander, Melrose, Fort William, Ballater etc.) and every year we choose different charities. The charity is usually suggested and chosen by the people who go to the walk weekend and try to keep it to local charities, preferable children’s charities.  This year Mike Williamson nominated the Muir Maxwell Trust as one of the charities to benefit from this years charity walk, Mike is known to the Trust and is a great supporter of the cause. I read the information about MMT given to me by them and had no hesitation in agreeing to raise funds for such a great cause.

Each year in May is when our event takes place, the walk is usually between 12 and 15 miles and to raise money we get sponsors, have a quiz and sell raffle tickets before we go on the weekend (Prizes are donated). The draw takes place at the hotel where we stay on the Saturday evening and we hold the quiz on that night too, everyone enjoys that, although we do have a few cheats on the night and a few sore heads the following morning!

We call ourselves Penman’s Plodders as the Guy that started this off 20 years ago is called Bob Penman. He is now retired and in his seventies but still manages the walk. Some ex employee’s and retired employees also take part along with the current employee’s at Selex and every year we have someone new come along as they have heard what a great weekend it is.

Over the past 20 years we have raised  over £50,000 for different charities and this year we raised £1,000 for the Muir Maxwell Trust.  

Thank you Penman Plodders for your fantastic support and to Lorraine and Mike for their wonderful hospitality when Ann-Marie went to collect the donation.