Team climb Three Peaks for charity

The team who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge
The team who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge
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A TEAM of 20 people undertook the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge and raised £7,500 for sick children.

The group set off on Friday (June 1) with the aim of climbing the three highest peaks in the UK within 24 hours, in aid of Charity for Kids.

On of those was the charity’s chairman, Paul Harris.

They first travelled to Ben Nevis in Scotland.

He said: “After 14 hours of travelling the team of 20 took on Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK, standing at 4,409ft.

“The first Charity for Kids walker arrived at the summit in two hours.

“After a successful first climb we then travelled to Scafell Pike in Cumbria, which stands at 3,209ft.

“The team started the climb at 1.20am. This peak was one of the hardest, having left so early in the morning after a long drive up from Hastings the day before then having the challenge of Ben Nevis.

“But the team dug deep reminding themselves why they were doing this.

“This was a really tough challenge climbing in the pitch black with head torches to guide us. Scafell was a case of head down for three hours. When we came close to the summit the visibility was very poor and the weather conditions worsened, with strong winds and freezing temperatures.

“The descent was just as hard with the team members suffering from heavy legs, sore backs from carrying the supplies in a back-pack, along with blisters.”

The team then went to Snowdon in Wales, which stands at 3,560ft. Within 15 minutes from the summit the team faced very strong winds.

Mr Harris said: “On returning to the mini buses the team celebrated by opening a bottle of wine, and within 10 minutes of leaving the last peak the majority of climbers were asleep. We would like to thank drivers from Hendy Hire who gave up their Jubilee weekend to help make this challenge happen, especially Jeff Denne and Simon Barker Thanks also to Precise Dental Design, Dynamic Scaffolding and Azur who generously donated towards the fuel costs, along with Typhoon Nutrition who supplied the team with nutritional sports bars.

“Most importantly we would like to thank the 20 climbers for taking on the challenge, giving up their weekend to help raise funds.

“The Three Peak Challenge was completed in 32 hours and raised a fantastic £7,500, and money raised from this amazing challenge will go towards helping sick, disabled and terminally-ill children.”

To find out more about Charity for Kids log onto www.charityforkids.co.uk.