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Call for industry to take trek challenge

Fund manager State Street is challenging teams from across the financial services sector to trek the Scottish Highlands to raise money for charity.

The State Street Caledonian Challenge aims to raise £1m for the Scottish Community Foundation through sponsorship of up to 375 teams of four trekking 54 miles along the West Highland Way in 24 hours.

The foundation distributes donations to local charities and community organisations.

The challenge, founded in 1996, was inspired by Hong Kong&#39s Trailwalker corporate-sponsored charity fund-raising hike. Last year&#39s winners were from Barclays Capital, who completed the walk in 13 hours 36 minutes.

Starting in Fort William, the challenge passes some of Scotland&#39s most spectacular scenery, going up Glen Nevis, down the Devil&#39s Staircase, across Rannoch Moor and finishing at Ardlui on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Barclays Capital corporate equity risk adviser and team member Chris Daniels says: “Our training consisted of pelting around the trading floor during the day chasing Barclays&#39 bankers for sponsorship, with the occasional foray down the Thames towpath – hardly the ideal preparation for Scotland&#39s mountains.”

Caledonian Challenge event director David Fox-Pitt says: “The challenge is a great teambonding experience and many companies use it for exactly that. The sense of achievement after walking 54 miles is compounded by the knowledge that the money raised will directly benefit thousands of lives across Scotland.”

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