Leicestershire engineering firm completes walking challenge to commemorate D-Day landings

L-R: Daniel Newbery, assistant environmental noise consultant; Rosie James, associate director; Chantelle Mewies, accounts and credit control and Eddie Mewies, Managing Director, all M-EC.

Staff from Hugglescote-based engineering and environmental consultancy M-EC have taken more than 7.6 million steps over 75 days to complete a charity D-Day walking challenge to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Raising over £1,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, the team have each walked 10,249 a day for 75 days, the same number of Allied casualties from the first day of the landings on June 6th, 1944.

Members of the M-EC staff have taken a combined 7,686,750 steps since 23rd March, walking over 3,800 miles in total, the approximate distance from Leicestershire to Chicago, USA.

As a Gold Award winner of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), M-EC is an active supporter of the Armed Forces and actively seeks to recruit ex-Forces or active Reservist to join its teams in Hugglescote, Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Brighton.

Eddie Mewies, Managing Director of M-EC said: “I have a very strong sense of duty to recognise and support those that make or have made such significant commitments to serve their country and the SSAFA D-Day Landings Step Challenge has been a great opportunity for the business to share its story of supporting our troops and remembering those that have sacrificed so much.”

Rosie James, associate director and current Army Reservist in the Royal Logistic Corps in Loughborough added: “It’s been an incredibly tough challenge to fit in time to complete a 5-6 mile walk every day for the best part of three months but we’ve all enjoyed it, we’re all a bit fitter and we’ve raised some money for a great cause.”

M-EC became the first recipient of the ERS Gold Award in the East Midlands and the first small business in the UK to achieve the award in 2016.

The company has a host of company initiatives and policies in place to encourage and support Service personnel in its workforce, including an additional two weeks leave a year for Reservist training, supporting staff in the Cadets and providing discounts to the Armed Forces.