Engine Charity Press release

A group of intrepid friends are shifting into top fundraising gear to climb Wales’s highest mountain – carrying the equivalent weight of a JCB engine.

By day Joe Signori, Cameron Sellers and Jacob Allen  are part of the team at JCB Power Systems’ factory in Foston, Derbyshire, which develops and manufactures high performance engines.

Now the trio, joined by two friends, are set to climb Snowdon carrying 400kg between them - equivalent to the weight of a JCB hydrogen powered engine. The challenge on Saturday, March 26th aims to get men talking more about mental health and raise funds for the Littlelifts charity, which offers practical and emotional support to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. JCB is supporting the fundraisers with a £500 donation.

Their rucksacks will be filled with engine parts and other materials, such as sand, to make up the engine weight as they climb the 3,560ft mountain.  They will continue their fundraising drive in May by entering a 100-kilometre Ultra Marathon in Northumberland. JCB Power Systems Propulsion Engineering Group Leader Joe Signori, 37, of Burton-on-Trent and Development Technicians Cameron Sellors, 22, and Jacob Allen, 20, of Hilton, near Derby will be joined in the initiative by friends Phil Roberts, 38, and Connor Smith, 26, both of Leicestershire.

Our goal is to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing in support of the national Ask Twice campaign, which encourages people to talk about mental health issues. Getting as many people as we can involved in the challenge, either at training sessions or by supporting us on the day, gives us the chance to get men talking and listening to each other more.

Joe Signori | JCB Power Systems

"We wanted to make this as challenging as possible, so carrying the weight of a JCB engine up and down Snowdon seemed the perfect idea as three of us work at the factory where they are made!”

The Littlelifts charity is supporting Cameron’s mum, who is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer. Joe added: “We wanted to support Cameron who has seen first-hand what a positive impact this charity has in offering emotional and practical assistance.”