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Home > News & Views > Insights & News > Berkeley takes on the 3 Peaks
£27,000 raised, 24 sleepless hours, 16 Berkeleyites, 3 great causes and a lot of climbing…
We established our Community Contribution initiative several years ago to enable our people to work directly with charities, offering both consulting and fundraising support, and to allow Berkeley to corporately contribute as well. Riding high off the success of The Berkeley Beatles fundraising gig last year at the 100 Club, this year we opted to lace up our hiking boots, get outdoors and rack up some funds by completing the 3 Peaks challenge. This involved climbing the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon), covering 27 miles in just 24 hours. Given that we are generally more comfortable with project plans and Excel spreadsheets than with hiking poles and hydration packs, it certainly was a challenge…
We, the novice hikers, nominated charities which had personal meaning to us. Those were:
• Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)- who raise awareness of sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in local communities, provide medical information and offer support to those who have suffered bereavement
• Keech Hospice – who provide specialist palliative care for adults and children diagnosed with a life limiting or terminal illness
• Macmillan Cancer Support – who provide practical, medical and financial support to those affected by cancer, and push for better cancer care.
To add a competitive edge to the challenge, we formed two teams - The Reds and The Blues - who competed on both fundraising totals and on which team scaled the last mountain first.
To bolster our fundraising efforts, the teams organised a charity pub quiz and auction. It was great to see many of our clients and suppliers there, and it turned out to be a really fun evening. Various prizes for the auction had kindly been donated, ranging from the use of a holiday home in France to an iPad2 and even a slave for the day! The event raised over £4,000, which really put pressure on the teams to ramp up the training.
For the actual event, our volunteer drivers transported us to the base of Ben Nevis, where the first two hours were all about coming to terms with the scale of the physical challenge we’d undertaken. Thankfully, we were granted glorious weather, and despite dodgy knees, blisters and muscle ache, we completed the challenge within the 24 hour target!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported the event and the incredible number of sponsors who donated to these very worthy causes. The grand total of our fundraising was in excess of £27,000 which will make a real impact for our three charities.
Now, what to do for next year’s event…
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