Healthcare em­ploy­ees on top of the world af­ter char­ity climb

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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

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