It is always daunting starting a new job but Bespoke Computing’s new apprentice Andy Rogers joins our charity walk team.

As we might already have mentioned, in October we are taking on the gruelling 50-mile Longmynd Hike in aid of three fantastic charities – Shropshire Mind, The Severn Hospice and Midlands Air Ambulance.

And just because he’s the ‘new guy’, that doesn’t mean Andy can get out of it so he’ll be lacing up his walking boots and pounding the rugged countryside right along with the rest of us.

In all fairness, he didn’t actually need any convincing and as soon as we suggested it shortly after he started, he was keen to get involved for such great causes.

Bespoke Computing Director Chris Pallett, along with engineers Matthew Parrott and Connor Hawksworth, have been in training for the gruelling event since the beginning of the year and Andy has worked quickly to catch them up.

Andy, who joined the business in April this year (2013), admitted that he had been rather surprised to hear he would be hiking across Shropshire’s biggest and best known hill ranges in his new role.

“It’s not something you expect when you start a new job, especially when it’s a job that involves sitting at a computer screen for much of the day,” he said.

“The other guys already have a few months training on me from before I joined but I’m working hard to catch them up so I’ll be ready for the challenge in October.”

“All three charities are local and provide such vital support and services to Shropshire and I’m proud to be contributing to them in some way by taking part in the walk.”

The Long Mynd Hike is an annual event and must be completed in 24 hours. Along with 50 miles of tough terrain, the Bespoke Computing team will also have 8,000ft to contend with.

“It’s going to be tough but we’re really giving it our all in the hope of raising £1,000 for our three chosen charities,” said Chris.

“If anyone would like to sponsor us, we have a Just Giving page set up at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/bespoke-computing-2013