WEST Midlands Co-op Chief Executive Ben Reid has two good reasons to celebrate after raising £ 9,000 for a children's charity and receiving a special Black Country award for his effort and achievements over the past nine years.
Ben completed a ten-day Andes trek 16,000ft up on Peru's Inca Trail to the ancient city of Machu Picchu with 19 other UK walkers, raising £ 9,000 for the disabled children's charity Whizz-Kidz.
This was Ben's most challenging charity adventure so far ? he walked a 150-mile stretch of the Great Wall of China last year and ran the London Marathon this April.
He said: "This was a tremendous event. I must thank the sponsors who made the trip so valuable to Whizz-Kidz.
To cap a memorable time, the West Midlands society boss was presented with a crystal vase by Brian Lowe, chairman of the Black Country Chamber, to "recognise the efforts and achievements of an individual who stands out in his service to the community and to fund-raising."