Scaling New Heights: Celebrating the Success of Climbing for Change

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Last weekend, Empire staff, supporters, young people, and families united to tackle the Empire Climbing for Change challenge, scaling Pen Y Fan to commemorate 10 years of the charity and raise vital funds for our ongoing work.

We're thrilled to announce that we've raised an impressive £7,404! This achievement speaks volumes about the continued support of our participants, sponsors, and donors.

Thank you to all who conquered Pen Y Fan; your dedication and resilience were instrumental in making this resounding success. Whether you reached the summit, or cheered from the side-lines, your involvement was invaluable.

To those who donated, your generosity will directly impact the lives of the young people we are privileged to support.

Our event sponsors also deserve a special shoutout, as their contributions were pivotal in bringing Climbing for Change to fruition. We're immensely grateful for their partnership.

Let's continue to climb to new heights together, creating positive change, and empowering young people in our community.


A Community of Business Supporters – thank you to our event sponsors:

RedRock Consulting

Founded in 2005, RedRock delivers strategic change and technology solutions. Helping organisations keep pace with technology evolution, RedRock has delivered transformation and high impact outcomes for customers in retail, tech and financial services, across the public, private and third sectors.

RedRock has committed to positively impacting society by supporting and improving the local community, promoting diversity and inclusion in society, and reducing its carbon footprint.  They started supporting Empire Fighting Chance in 2022 and have been an outstanding partner. RedRock have made a difference by providing interview and CV training workshops, sponsoring events, fundraising via multiple initiatives, and inspiring young people by bringing them closer to professional sportspeople from Bristol Bears and Bristol Bears Women.

Director Ben Curnock gives more insight on why RedRock decided to support the Climbing for Change challenge:

“We have a personal connection with the charity and their cause. One of the reasons is that some of our colleagues have experienced their service first hand, found comfort and felt support in their approach. Two out of four of our directors have come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are passionate about helping children start on the right path and receiving career support and educational mentoring can help them realise their true potential. This is another reason why we feel so emotionally connected to Empire’s cause and will do our best to keep supporting it.”

Thank you RedRock!

Extract Coffee Roasters

Extract Coffee have one simple mission: Make Coffee Better. Better for customers, better for communities, better for coffee growers, and better for the environment.

Our partnership with Extract Coffee began in 2018, and together we've raised over £6,000 to support our work. This achievement is a testament to Extract’s fundraising endeavours and the sales from their annual charity espresso, Inner Strength. But it's not just financial contributions; the Extract team has gone above and beyond dedicating their time to support Empire’s Box Careers program. They've conducted Barista training sessions and connected us with their network of retailers, providing invaluable work experience and permanent job opportunities.

Extract very generously supported Climbing for Change by donating a hot drink to every participant of the challenge!

Anderson Financial Management

Anderson’s provide a wide range of financial services helping their clients to build, grow, protect, or preserve their wealth.

Supporting us since 2021, their continued support has developed into a mutually beneficial partnership, encompassing corporate donations, employee fundraising, sponsorship, and volunteering.

We are grateful to Anderson’s for sponsoring the event and joining us on the day!

Lovett Foundation

The Lovett Foundation is the charitable arm of Dick Lovett, the car retailer. They support children in care and young adults leaving care across the South West and Wales, giving them assistance, life skills, and experiences which will contribute to a brighter future.

The Lovett Foundation have generously supported Empire Fighting Chance by donating their time, goods, and funds. We are incredibly thankful for their support in making our Climbing for Change event possible!


The Vast Franchise consists of 18 Subway stores across the Bristol area, who are dedicated to supporting Empire Fighting Chance. Since 2020, Vast’s stores have been fundraising, upskilling, and sandwich-making for Empire; as well as sponsoring the event, Vast donated Subway meals to participants of Climbing for Change. We are so grateful for their continued support.