An intrepid team from the Tunbridge Wells-based law firm, CooperBurnett, completed the Three Peaks Challenge for ellenor last weekend within 24 hours – which included 14 hours of climbing. So far, the group, which included Lee Reeves-Perrin, Gareth Warner, Vrin Khera, Lisa Connolly and Katie Hilsdon - has raised more than £9000! The climbers were supported by drivers from CooperBurnett – Victoria Sampson, one of the charity’s Ambassadors, Lorraine Constable and Jonathan Rowe, who drove over 1400 miles.
Also accompanying the group was Little Ellie – ellenor’s very special little elephant mascot – who wanted to trek in the footsteps of Hannibal and conquer mountains.
The team spent Friday driving to their hostel in Scotland. They were then up bright and early at 4.15am on Saturday, hitting Ben Nevis at 6am in high spirits and enjoying Scottish sun and snow on their climb. 1344m later, and with no time to spare, Team CB was back into the minibus for the drivers to navigate the windy roads to Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
After a break in the minibus, Team CB was ready to go again and began the 978m ascent of Scafell Pike, the toughest climb of the Three Peaks. Team CB rallied together and showed real determination to successfully overcome their second peak in an incredible time of three hours (the fastest time the guide had ever done!) before piling back into the minibus, to try and get some sleep before the final push.
At 3am a tired Team CB disembarked from the minibus to face the bleak and unforgiving Snowdon. It was dark, cold, wet and windy but the team was relentless in its pursuit of completing the challenge. The climb was incredibly hard, however the team did it and celebrated with bubbly and a thoroughly deserved full English breakfast!
Team leader, Katie Hilsdon says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have successfully cracked the Three Peaks Challenge. It has been a total team effort and throughout every moment, when sometimes we wanted to stop, we have been spurred on by the reason we committed to this – the babies and children who are cared for every day by ellenor.”
Says Linda Trew, Head of Community at ellenor: “Climbing the Three Peaks is an enormous achievement and we are hugely grateful to the team from CooperBurnett – not just for their efforts over this weekend, but for all the time they’ve spent training over the past few months. Thanks also to the team around them for all their support as well. We currently look after around 120 children and their families – although we know there are more we could be helping. The money raised by CooperBurnett will make a huge difference to what we can do in terms of the support we provide.”
CooperBurnett’s target this year was to raise £10,000 for ellenor through various challenges and events – enough to support 112 sessions of chemotherapy in the home for the charity’s young patients. To date, the firm has raised £13,000! You can still sponsor them at: