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Leek United Building Society staff to climb Snowdon in memory of Alan (Eggy) Embury

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

  • From left, mortgage administrator Katy Beetham, aged 26, risk support Sophie Heath, aged 25, customer adviser Jeanette Mountford, aged 42, head of audit Ian Boston, aged 43, mortgage underwriter Diane Gregory, aged 53, deputy IT manager Peter Excell, aged 53, mortgage completion clerk Joyce Mycock, aged 57, head of IT and savings Steve Boulton, aged 51, and savings adviser Karl Gee, aged 31.

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A team of finance workers are putting their best feet forward to raise cash for charity in memory of a former work colleague.

The team of 36 staff, friends and family from Leek United Building Society will be tackling the Rangers Path to the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales on Sunday, July 27.

The challenge is taking place in memory of Alan (aka Eggy) Embury who passed away at the age of 47 at Wythenshawe Hospital on Thursday, May 15.

Former Leek High School student Alan had worked in the advertising department at the Post & Times, Britannia Building Society, and set up a joint business First Portfolio, before working at Leek United Building Society until he passed away.

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Work colleagues have now set themselves the challenge to climb Snowdon to keep his memory alive, as well as to raise money for Wythenshawe Hospital where he was cared for.

Head of IT and Savings at Leek United, Steve Boulton, said: "We are doing this in memory of Alan Embury who was a great bloke and a great friend to everyone here at Leek United.

"Somebody once said if you meet someone like Alan Embury then you are lucky.

"Alan climbed Snowdon himself in April, but in terrible conditions. He had said that it was his wish to go back later this year to climb Snowdon again.

"He now can't do that so we are instead."

Fellow challenger Gemma Callear said: "In April 2013 myself and colleagues, including Eggy, set about climbing mount Snowdon in horrendous weather conditions to raise money for CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.

"Despite the weather's best efforts we reached the summit and raised over £3,000.

"Ever since then we have spoken fondly about doing the climb again, hopefully in better weather. Eggy was enthusiastic as ever to take on the challenge.

"This time, sadly, Eggy will not be joining us, having recently passed away. It seems a fitting tribute that we still do the climb, and although Eggy may not be with us in person he will certainly be with us in spirit.

"Any donations would be greatly appreciated and will be going to the Wythenshawe Hospital, who looked after Eggy with such great care."

The 'Eggyheads' team of 36, which has been increasing since the challenge was set, is made up of staff, friends and family members from a number of Leek United branches in the area.

Although not everyone in the team is able to carry out training together for the challenge, Peter is making sure that colleagues at the Leek head office branch in St Edward Street are kept on their toes with the preparations.

He said: "We do have a number of experienced walkers in the team but I have been making sure that the beginners are taking part in a few training walks."

To sponsor the Eggyheads' team, go online to www.justgiving.com/Eggyheads.

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