Shropshire team inspired by Three Peaks Challenge

Shropshire team inspired by Three Peaks Challenge

A Shropshire based business with rural roots is taking on one of its biggest charity challenges yet.

A team made up of Balfours partners and staff are attempting the Three Peak Challenge – to scale each of the three national peaks of England, Wales and Scotland in 24 hours, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

Preparation is underway with their first team practice ascent and decent successfully scaling Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) last month. Hannah Fenwick explains: “That was a great start to our training. Meanwhile we are all putting in time individually so that we can really begin to build-up stamina. Our next team outing is on April 14, when we will take on Cader Idris.”

The team include Frances Steer, Matthew Doyle, Joe Powell, Sarah Williams and Chloe Evans, who last year put on their running shoes to successfully complete Lake Vyrnwy half marathon raising funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Balfours business manager, Craig Varley comments: “We are proud of what our staff and partners have achieved, not only raising significant funds for charity, but also inspiring team and personal goals. Each year Balfours take to the River Severn for the Coracle Race, which was instigated by former Balfours employee, the late Richards Bayliss also to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. Balfours has lost staff to both cancer and cardiac conditions, so it is especially relevant.”

Craig adds: “This latest Three Peaks 24-hour challenge is set for July 18th and 19th and we wish them all the best. They will start with Ben Nevis, followed by Scafell Pike and finally Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). That will equate to a total ascent of around 3,000 metres covering some 24 miles, plus five hours driving time between each of the destinations.”

Hannah adds: “We will all be quite literally rising to the challenge to raise funds for MacMillan. Meantime we have a range of fundraising events which will all contribute to the total raised and would be grateful for donations of any size to our Just Giving page.

Pictured from left Hannah Fenwick, Mandi Quinton, Matthew Doyle, Joe Powell, Emma Jones and Toby Galliers, some of the team members on their first ascent of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)