Openreach employees on their fundraising trek for SSAFA in Nepal

Openreach Staff Raise £52,600 for SSAFA on Nepal Trek

11 January 2019

Openreach Staff Raise £52,600 for SSAFA on Nepal Trek

An intrepid team of colleagues from Openreach braved vertiginous mountain paths, hazardous bridges and steep ravines to achieve their goal and show their ongoing support for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

The fundraising trek took place at the end of November 2018, and raised an astonishing £52,600 specifically in aid of Forcesline, SSAFA,'s free and confidential helpline for serving men and women, veterans and their families. This is a vital service which provides emotional support and practical guidance to the UK Armed Forces community, from help with mental health struggles to debt and housing advice. This service is facing ever-increasing demand, with more than 14,000 calls and emails being made to Forcesline in the first half of 2018 alone.

Watch a short video of highlights from the trek.

Openreach Manager Philip Whittall commented: "This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have been involved with, from the feeling of achievement after the physical challenge to the pride I feel knowing that we have raised over £52,000 for SSAFA.

"I encourage anyone to take up the next trek, so they can feel the emotional highs that I have felt since."

James Grant, Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events at SSAFA, said: “We are delighted with the success of the Nepal Trek, which was the highlight of our fourth successful year in partnership with Openreach. Those lucky enough to go on the trek put in a phenomenal amount of time and effort in advance, and ended up raising a significant sum towards our Forcesline helpline.

"We are already looking forward to this year's trek to Mount Toubkal, and we are working with Openreach on extending our successful partnership into the future.”

Why not challenge yourself this year and take part in a fundraising event for SSAFA?

Browse all our upcoming fundraising challenge events, read the stories of other fundraisers, and find out more about becoming a corporate partner with SSAFA here.