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Charity’s work has knock-on effect still
10:50am Monday 10th September 2012 in News
A WIND and rain-blasted group of friends conquered the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in less than a day – and all for a good cause.
They scaled the heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon as part of the Three Peaks Challenge in a time of 22 hours and 55 minutes to raise about £2,000 for the Knock On Effect.
The fund-raising business was set up by Rosie Kilburn, of Bromsberrow Heath, who died last year from a rare form of liver cancer.
The 19-year-old raised £20,000 for charity in less than two years by selling Tshirts, jewellery, bags and tea towels.
Her family continue her work to this day.
Sophie Wilesmith, Stephen Kyle, Thom Williams, Tom Hancock, Ben Streams and Nick Beresford-Poole, all of Ledbury, along with Sam Meek, of Hereford, completed the trek with James Batley, of Much Marcle, on driving duties.
Miss Wilesmith said they enjoyed stunning weather on Ben Nevis, a dark morning on Scafell Pike that gave way to bright sunshine and awful conditions with wind and heavy rain on Snowdon.
“Snowdon was very hard for all of us who had sore legs and knee problems from the pressure of walking down the other two mountains,”
“It was raining and dangerous on the slippery rocks but we made it and actually ran the last leg back – we made sure a photo of Rosie went over the line first.
“Another hard element was the lack of sleep – we were exhausted when we finished.”
Local businesses Pixley Berries, The Birdtable Co, John Nash Interiors, Blue Fuchsia Café and the Sketch Collective backed the effort by paying for van hire and fuel costs.
To make a donation, go to justgiving.com/thethreepeakschallenge2012.