Two work colleagues from Hastings took on the epic National Three Peaks Challenge and raised nearly £4,000 funds for a charity that makes dreams come true for children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.
Paul Meredith and Richard Constantine succeeded in completing the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing three of the largest mountains in the UK; Snowdon, Wales (1085m); Scafell Pike, England (978m); and Ben Nevis, Scotland (1344m), in under 24 hours.
Paul, a Director for Lloyds Bank East Sussex Group and Richard, Lloyds Bank Manager, Eastbourne, trained together for eight weeks at Beachy Head and Fairlight, Hastings, to ensure they were at peak fitness to take on the challenge.
Ben Nevis was the first stop and their training paid off when they finished in the top five. Then, after a 4 hour journey in a minibus the pair embarked on the climb up Scarfel Pike; at 1:30am in pitch black which Paul says was “a scary experience, we nearly got lost - and had an encounter with a mountain goat!”
Another minibus journey, and the opportunity to catch up on some sleep, Paul and Richard arrived at Snowdon. The weather had turned and they faced a climb in very poor conditions (wind and rain). Paul said the challenge was a lot tougher than anticipated. “Poor weather conditions tested our endurance. It’s the most challenging event we have ever taken part in!”
Paul and Richard completed the challenge in 23 hours 25 minutes and to date have raised £3,700 for ‘Dreams Come True’.
Richard says they feel “very proud” of their achievement, adding: “All the pain is worthwhile when you consider the massive difference this will make to so many children, young people and their family and friends.”
For more information the charity or to donate visit: www.dreamscometrue.uk.com