Tarun’s colleagues also wanted to find a way for people across Barclays to show their support and make a positive difference.
Inspired by Tarun’s description of his cancer battle as his own ‘Everest,’ the team at Barclays Macro created the Macro Everest Challenge to raise money for the Karen Morris Memorial Trust.
Karen Morris was a childhood friend of Tarun, who passed away when she was 23, after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.
The Karen Morris Memorial Trust was set up by Karen’s family and friends, and provides on-site accommodation at the UK’s leading leukaemia hospitals, so families can stay close to loved ones during their treatment.
As part of the Macro Everest Challenge, each team member took on the gruelling challenge of climbing a revolving ladder for eight minutes.
The response was phenomenal, with people from all over Barclays getting involved and raising almost £70,000. This was the largest single sum ever raised for the Karen Morris Memorial Trust, and the money is being used to help fund its fifth on-site apartment.
We’re proud that the Barclays team was able to support Tarun through his personal battle with cancer, and do something positive to help others facing their own.