A TEAM of five from Investec Specialist Bank have raised almost £3,500 for charity despite bad weather hampering their efforts to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.
The Three Peaks Challenge involves walking the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.
‘A team of nine, including members of staff from Investec Specialist Bank, took part in the Three Peaks Challenge in 2012, and inspired the five of us to do the same this year. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the whole group was generally in high spirits, which made the day a lot more pleasurable,’ said Stephen Henry, head of Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited and Three Peaks Challenge team member.
‘We exceeded our aim to raise at least £500 each, and everyone gave it their all. But wind and rain meant we took much longer to reach the peak of Ben Nevis, which had a knock-on effect. After completing Scafell Pike we realised we were unable to finish the third – Snowden – in time. The team effort was amazing though and we kept our spirits up throughout. Conditions were certainly tough in contrast to the peaceful strolls along the cliffs we were used to doing during our training.’
Louise Martel, Georgina Le Pelley, Jason Bishop and Nick Diligent made up the rest of the team.
Each participant raised about £700, which will benefit Investec’s charity partner Amherst Primary School.
‘On behalf of the school, we are very grateful for the hard work and generosity of Investec’s five staff for tackling the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge and raising the much-needed funds for the school,’ said Amherst Primary School head teacher Tracey Moore.
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 1,344m above sea level. Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at a height of 978m.