NRL Limited has thrown their support behind Wigan recruitment colleague Lauren Underwood as she walked 32 miles to the Wigan Athletics FC match at Fleetwood on Saturday 18th April to raise funds for local charity Joseph’s Goal.
The walk, leaving Wigan’s Euxton Training Ground on Friday morning, saw the group of over 100 supporters walk across the North West on a two day walk finishing at Fleetwood Town’s Highbury ground on Saturday ahead of Wigan’s victorious match which saw them promoted to the Championship.
Lauren first contacted NRL to request a day’s paid charity leave to complete the challenge, a scheme to encourage colleagues to make a difference in their community through volunteering and charity work.
Joseph’s Goal is a charity that raises awareness of a very rare life-limiting genetic disorder called Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH). Set up by Joseph Kendrick’s parents, a young boy from Wigan who developed the disorder as a baby, the charity has strong ties with local team Wigan Athletic FC.
Impressed by the commitment and distance Lauren, joined by her friends and family, walked for the cause, NRL’s Wigan recruitment branch and central support office were only too happy to match the fundraising achieved before the walk, which helped Lauren and her friend raise over £1,000 for the charity.
NRL Director Greg Compton said:
“We’re extremely proud of the hardwork and dedication Lauren has put into raising money for such a special cause. We were only too happy to match her fundraising to help her pass her target as it is a great way to use her charity day to raise awareness for this important cause.”
In the total the team of over 100 walkers have raised over £32,000 for the Joseph’s Goal charity.