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Clive Owen staff swap office attire for walking boots and anoraks in the name of charity

A 23-strong team from Clive Owen offices in Darlington, Durham, and Middlesbrough, has scaled the heights to bring in £2,415 for charity.

The climb of Helvellyn, England’s third highest peak, was in aid of Quinn’s Retreat, which offers a holiday home to those bereaved by suicide.

Tracey Beadle, who, along with husband David, launched the charity in memory of their children, works at Clive Owen’s Darlington office as part of the administration team.

The staff, from the business advisers and chartered accountancy firm, who tackled the climb, comprised:

Elliot Pole, Ian Jarvis, Kieran Watson, Ben Harris, Michelle McIntyre, Freya Plummer, Connery Gowland, Josh Caisley, Sophie Palleschi, Mike Boynton, Holly Streatfield, Gary Ellis, James Ellis, Clare Honeybell, Nathan Wood, Declan Smith, Martin Hobson, Jenny Waters, Ben Bramwell, Paige Robson, Tamara Frankland, Lauren Turner, and Bridget Charlton.

Gary Ellis, managing partner, at the regional firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, said: “It was a case of swapping office attire for walking boots and anoraks as we ventured out into the Lake District.

“Each member of the team did extremely well to complete such a challenging climb.

“We scaled rocks, waded through streams, and walked for more than 12 miles to get to the top. But the effort was worth it as the weather being on our side meant the views were breath-taking.

“In addition, we brought in a significant amount for a very worthwhile cause that does so much to help people touched by the tragedy of suicide.”

The charity is in memory of Tracey and David’s children Quinn, who died aged 17 in 2018 and Dyllon, 21, who died the following year.

Quinn’s Retreat, a static caravan sleeping six, is located at Riverview Leisure Park in Barnard Castle on the River Tees on the Teesdale Way.

The charity also has recently purchased a second static caravan sleeping eight,located at Wild Rose Leisure Park, close to Appleby.

They are available, free of charge, to anyone who has been bereaved by suicide no matter how long ago. It also offers breaks to people struggling with their mental health.

Helvellyn is about 950m above sea level at its highest point and offers breath-taking views across much of the Lake District. On a clear day, it is said, you can see across to the hills of south-west Scotland, the Pennines and even the Blackpool Tower.

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