Northampton brick makers conquer Ben Nevis to raise £8K for charity


A team of mountaineers from leading building products manufacturer Forterra have scaled Britain’s tallest mountain to raise more than £8,000 for a national homelessness and hospice charity.

18 Forterra employees from the firm’s facilities around the UK, and Stella the Alsatian, conquered the UK’s highest peak.

The 18 climbers, plus one dog, reached the summit of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday 9th September, taking some of their bricks with them as part of the challenge.

The Forterra mountaineers have to date managed to raise £4,323.75 for the construction industry’s homelessness charity CRASH, which the Northamptonshire-based firm will match fund to make a total of more than £8,000.

Area Sales Manager Luke McMillan, 25, who helped organised the expedition, said, “This was quite an adventure for us all, and everyone got a real sense of achievement reaching the summit. We’re also thrilled to have raised this considerable sum for CRASH, and would like to thank friends, family and colleagues, plus Forterra itself, for contributing towards it.”

Kate Marsh, Fundraising & Events Manager for CRASH, said; “Congratulations to everyone who took part in this amazing challenge. It is an incredible achievement. The money raised for CRASH will enable us to continue to create safe, welcoming places for people who are homeless or have life limiting illnesses.”

Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive of Forterra, said, “I’m very proud of all Forterra employees who took part in the expedition, and we were more than happy to show our support as a company by matching the total amount raised for CRASH.”


The intrepid team begin their climb.

Forterra is a leading manufacturer of a diverse range of clay and concrete building products, used extensively within the construction sector, and employs over 1,800 people across 18 facilities in the UK.

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