The team in kinder conditions as they stop for a rest and water on their way up Scafell Pike
Openfield staff who took on the three highest peaks in Great Britain have raised more than £10,000 for their nominated charities.
A total of 23 staff completed the National Peaks Challenge over the weekend of 15th–17th May.
The team began its adventure by enduring the ice and horizontal snow of Ben Nevis before heading south to stomach-turning roads of the Lake District for Scafell Pike and, finally, a drive through the night, to Snowdon.
Openfield head of supply chain, Sarah Bell, who helped organise the activity, expressed her gratitude to all those who endured the blisters and exhaustion of the challenge, the support staff that made it possible and to those kind enough to sponsor them.
“As anyone who has ever needed a charity will tell you the money we have raised will help make a real difference to those enduring their darkest of moments. I am immensely proud of the team.”
Although several members of the group were experienced hikers few had appreciated just how strenuous and arduous it would be.
“It was great fun, but physically very daunting. Fortunately, we had a great team spirit to maintain us and a brilliant support crew to sustain us. It is not an easy challenge, even in the nicest of weather. One of our team is an experienced marathon runner and even he was shocked at how strenuous it was.”
Openfield’s nominated charities and sums raised
East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme£3,705
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital£1,155
Little People UK£1,242
East Anglia Children’s Hospice£1,677.44
Cancer Research UK£2,533
Total raised (not including Gift Aid)£10,312.44
PIC: Openfield team on top of Ben Nevis
The team were under no illusions as to the scale of their task as they endured ice, snow and strong winds to summit Ben Nevis
PIC: Team on completion
PIC: The team with their gift from sponsor Warburtons