A team of seven from Neva Consultants has raised more than £3,000 for the Children’s Respite Trust through climbing three peaks in Scotland, England and Wales.
Their fund-raising page is still open if you would like to boost the total.
Those taking part were Avril Parlour Ashley Fish, Isabel Barr, Magenta Kemp, Ollie Callaghan, Sophie Haines, and Will Dalton. All are based at the contract hire and car leasing company’s head office in Piltdown.
Story behind the climb – Friday
One of the climbers Sophie Haines writes here about the experience which took place over three days from Friday, June 8, to Sunday, June 10:
Seven members of our team took on the mighty challenge to reach the UK’s three highest peaks, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scarfell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales over three days for our chosen charity, Children’s Respite Trust.
We’re very pleased to say, all seven completed the challenge, even with a few injuries along the way. Here’s an insight into the challenge we faced.
The challenge began on Friday, June 8. The highest mountain, Ben Nevis (1345m) was the first peak to reach.
We joined other participants (who were also taking on the challenge for the Children’s Respite Trust) and met our guides to begin our hike at 8:30am.
We had a few stops along the way to rehydrate and take photos of the fantastic views. We were all glad to reach the quarter way point ‘windy corner’ as it gave a pleasant break from the heat and a chance to have a snack.
Our next regroup was an hour-and-a-half in, when we stopped at the bottom of a stream to refill our water bottles and splash the cold water onto our faces.
After three-and-a-half hours of climbing, we reached the peak of Ben Nevis.
We had a quick lunch, took lots of photos and got ready to begin our descent. On the way down, we stopped in a few places to regroup, eat snacks and rest our legs to keep us going.
By 4pm everyone was at the bottom of the mountain, ready to start the four-hour journey to Carlisle.
It was Saturday morning. We’d had six hours sleep, and were ready to drive to Wadale Head in the Lake District and begin the climb to Scafell Pike.
We arrived later than planned as a few members of the team needed to stop off at Millets to buy last minute mountain climbing equipment.
We had no guides for Scafell Pike, so we had to plan the route ourselves. There was some deliberation as to whether we would take the track up to Scarfell Pike as the fog was getting thick at the top but we all agreed to go for it and give it our best shot setting off at 11am.
For most of us, Scafell Pike felt never ending. Just as you reach what appears to be the final incline and set of steps, you are greeted by another steep shingled and rocky path.
Ollie had unfortunately picked up a knee injury during the climb but battled on and everyone had reached the summit by 3pm. Some of the speedier members (Will Dalton) made it to the top in just 1.5 hours.
The descent of Scafell Pike caused many painful toes and knees as it became increasing hard to navigate down the steps and miss the rocks.
We all safely trickled back into the base and in the vans by 5:30pm, ready to find a local pub for dinner and head off to Wales for Snowdon on Sunday.
We arrived in Wales at our rooms for the night about 1am due to roadworks, everyone was exhausted but the spirit of the group was still high.
Our final ascent to reach the peak of Snowdon started at 9:30am. We decided to take the Pyg track; it began as a gentle walk but soon enough we were climbing over large rocks and boulders.
Everyone was experiencing sore muscles and tiredness from the previous two days. By 1pm we had all made it to the peak of Mount Snowdon, morale was high as we could now all say we had climbed the UK’s three highest peaks.
We enjoyed a rest and refuel in the café Hafod Eryri, which is the highest re-fuelling station in England and Wales. From here you can purchase gifts and souvenirs unique to Snowdon in the Summit gift shop.
We left the peak at 2pm, some of us took the Llanberris trail to the minibus while the others took the Miners track down which followed the Pgy first and veered off to follow the lake round to meet the bottom of the Pgy.
We were all down by 4pm and said our goodbyes to our now friends and began the long bus journey back to Uckfield.
The total raised so far from all 21 participants is £12,465.83 – and from the Neva team is more than £3,000.
Neva team members are very grateful to have taken part in this challenge for such a deserving charity. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has already sponsored us, if anyone would still like to donate please follow this link to our fund-raising page.
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