Six fundraisers, three peaks, 24 hours, epic fundraising challenge for Sheffield charity Paces completed
Six fundraisers have completed an epic fundraising challenge raising over £5,000 for Paces, the specialist centre, charity and school for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and motor disorders.
The group completed the National Three Peaks which involves travelling between and trekking to the top of the highest peaks of Wales, England and Scotland in less than 24 hours – a total of 42 kilometres with 3,000 metres of ascent.
Starting at 5am from Sheffield on Saturday, they travelled to and climbed Snowdon, then got on the minibus to Cumbria and scaled Scafell Pike before travelling to the Highlands and reaching the summit of Ben Nevis as the sun rose on Sunday morning.
The six trekkers were chief executive of Paces Spencer Pitfield OBE, Paces School teacher Ben Hebblethwaite, Charlotte Cooper from Yorkshire IT services and solutions provider Newfox, Dominic Ryles from online security firm Kaspersky, Dean Benson and Steve Meredith representing eCommerce specialist Visualsoft.
The thousands of pounds raised will go towards supporting more children and adults at Paces with life-changing skills taught through conductive education in an environment that is fun, where friendships are developed, and everyone feels like they belong.
Mr Pitfield said: “That was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am delighted I was able to complete all three peaks in less than 24 hours, but it was so difficult - especially as we approached the snowy summit of Ben Nevis at the conclusion of the challenge. Thank you to all of those who were part of the team, we all kept each other going and were determined to finish as fast as possible.
“Every day at Paces I see the amazing work our children and adults achieve and it is knowing how much the money we’ve raised will do for them, and for others in the future, that drove us on. Every pound raised makes a difference and I want to thank everyone who donated and supported our challenge.”
Julie Booth, head of fundraising at Paces, said: “It’s always humbling to see the effort that people put in to raising money for Paces and this challenge is one of the toughest I’ve seen.
“Our team of six, and their companies who have supported them, have raised a huge amount of money which will make a huge impact on our children and adults. Thank you for putting yourself through the three peaks, your efforts will improve what we can offer the adults and children we work with every day and ensure they reach their potential.”
Donations can still be made to the fundraising challenge at www.pacessheffield.org.uk/threepeaks