Four adventurous recruitment consultants from Banbury have climbed the three highest peaks in the UK to raise money for the Katharine House Hospice.
Marcus Chandler, Celia Chandler and Christian Seeney of Mayday along with Rob Pattenden of Atlas Professionals took on the challenge for very personal reasons.
Christian said: “My mother passed away at the hospice 10 years ago. Marcus’ uncle, Derek Dean passed away a few weeks ago at the hospice. The care and services the hospice provide are needed in the community and the staff’s passion and love for what they do is shown in how they look after the people who come into their care.”
The challenge requires the climbers to reach the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scarfell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales within a 24 hour period. The team completed the three climbs in 23 hours with 11 hours of that travelling time during which the climbers tried to get some much needed rest.
Snowdon, the second highest peak at 1085 metres, presented the biggest test as 50mph winds and heavy rain battered the climbers. The second easiest of the three to climb was Ben Nevis, also the highest peak at 1345 metres, as the climbers enjoyed bright sunshine and clear conditions. Scarfell Pike was the ‘easiest’ of the three but climbing it at 11pm at night through fog and mist was still a challenging experience.
Marcus Chandler, managing director of Mayday said: “The Mayday Employment team has had a great weekend facing up to the Three Peaks Challenge.
I am very proud to say that each team member completed the event within the challenge target of 24 hours, and met some great people along the way.”
“You work extremely hard completing such an arduous event but keeping the needs of the Katharine House Hospice in mind as well as the incredible care that they delivery to the community kept us all very focused on completing the task.”
He added: “Hopefully by publishing our efforts here we will continue to see donations coming into this very worthwhile cause.”
Along with private donations local businesses, including One Man Band and RJ’s Barbers, sponsored the group, raising a total of £1,531. If you would like to contribute to the cause visit ww.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marcus-Chandler4