In the summer of 2014, our Partnerships branches took part in a UK-wide walking and cycling challenge over six days, taking in 489 miles as part of their Trainee Challenge.

The week saw teams walking and cycling from London and Cumbria towards Birmingham, with everyone doing their bit, before it culminated with a walk and ride from the 4Life Academy to Alexander Stadium, where they were met by cheers from colleagues and charity representatives from Dekamile and FareShare.

The massive challenge was organised by trainee managers and over the week took in the sights and sounds of Cumbria, Kendal, Halifax, Rotherham, Gainsborough, Burton, Lewisham, Watford, Hitchin, Buckingham, Stratford and Birmingham. The challenge is part of their charitable efforts to raise £20,000 this year.

Organiser of the northern legs of the challenge, David Marsden, said: "We’re very proud of everyone for working together to help raise as much money as possible for Dekamile and FareShare. This challenge has enabled us to involve all our branches, so they can get involved, raise money as well as rally together to spread awareness."

Dekamile is currently working to improve the community facilities in Agome Sevah - a remote village alongside the river Mono on the border between Togo and Benin. Meanwhile FareShare, Partnerships' ‘charity of the year’, tackles food waste and food poverty throughout the UK. Last year it contributed towards more than 12 million meals, which were served at breakfast clubs, women’s refuges and luncheon clubs for older people across the UK.