Charity hike in Peter Huntley’s memory raises £18,000

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The Transaid team at the Snowdon summit
The Transaid team at the Snowdon summit

The Trainsaid team, including members from TAS, Barclays Corporate and Ipswich Buses, almost doubles the target which had been set for Peter’s planned expedition to the North Pole

A group of 30 friends, family and colleagues from the transport industry came together to celebrate the memory of Peter Huntley on Saturday, July 6, by hiking to the top of Wales’ highest mountain and raising over £18,000 for Transaid.

The ‘Big Walk to a Small Pub’, a six-hour trek up Mount Snowdon amidst stunning Welsh scenery, was held in memory of Peter, the founder of passenger transport specialists the TAS Partnership, who tragically died last year while training for an expedition to the North Pole in aid of Transaid.

After climbing the mountain’s Pyg Track to a height of 3,560 ft, Peter’s close family and friends, colleagues and charitable supporters paid a well-deserved visit to a local pub where they shared memories and toasted their hiking achievement.

Among the TAS team scaling Snowdon were: Sarah Huntley, Peter’s daughter, (Administrative Assistant), Richard Armitage (Chairman), Nick Dangerfield and John Godfrey (Principal Consultants) and John Taylor (Associate Director). Other teams which took part included Barclays Corporate, Chester-le-Street Railway Station, Volvo Trucks, who were joined by representatives from Blackpool Transport and Ipswich Buses.

Sarah Huntley said: “I was proud to see so many people coming together to pay tribute to my Dad by doing something he loved. We had sunshine, gorgeous views and good cheer, all in all a successful day.”

John Taylor added: “Peter had set a target of raising £10k for Transaid from his North Pole trek. Having travelled in Africa, he understood the contribution better transport services can make to reducing death rates and improving health.

“He was a passionate and inspirational leader, and by literally following his footsteps we are both continuing his work and paying tribute to his ideals. I’m ‘achingly’ proud to have participated with my TAS colleagues.”

Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid, said: “The expedition was fantastic and we are thankful to those who took part and donated. This money will help Transaid continue a number of projects focusing on the improvement and development of transport in developing countries.

“Peter was a champion of Transaid and his philanthropic spirit really spurred the walkers on when things got a little challenging. We’re delighted to have held this event in celebration of Peter’s memory and to have the support of so many kind people.”

To make a donation, contact Transaid on 020 7387 8136, email [email protected] or visit www.justgiving.com/TASRamblers