Healthcare employees on top of the world after charity climb
A TEAM of climbers from healthcare provider HC21 has scaled the peaks of the UK’s three biggest mountains to help raise more than £1,000 for young people with life-threatening or terminal illnesses and those with mental health issues.
Employees from the company, based at Oakfield House in Tytherington Business Park, packed their waterproofs and walking boots and set off for Fort William in Scotland, from where they began their Three Peaks Challenge by climbing Ben Nevis.
They also climbed Scafell Pike and Snowdon, conquering all three mountains in less than 24 hours.
Cliff Wyatt, managing director for HC21 and Three Peaks Challenge team member, said: “The team took on a significant challenge, well outside their comfort zone and in pretty awful weather. I am very proud of their determination and achievement and the funds raised for some very worthy charities.”
The team consisted of a number of experienced mountain walkers with some who had never climbed a mountain before.
Withstanding temperatures below freezing, high-speed winds of more than 80mph at Snowdon and torrential rain at all three mountains, the determined group managed to complete the challenge almost unscathed, apart from one member suffering a swollen ankle.
Employees donated the money, added to by a bake sale and donations, to local charities Visyon and Rainbow Trust.
Visyon, in Congleton, aims to protect young people’s mental health and has just launched its Stand Tall For Visyon campaign, encouraging self esteem and resilience.
The charity uses counselling and play therapy and provides a youth service promoting emotional wellbeing and coping methods in times of hardship, sickness and distress.
Rainbow Trust works with children and young people with lifethreatening or terminal illnesses and supports their parents, siblings and carers. To make a donation visit uk. virginmoneygiving.com/ team/HealthCare21.
●● The HC21 climbers at the top of Scafell