Team takes on climbing feat in aid of charity

Team Clarko
Team Clarko

A Hastings woman rallied a group of 16 to take part in the National Three Peaks challenge on August 2 in memory of her brother and to raise money for charity.

Leader of Team Clarko, Lucie Playford, along with 15 friends and colleagues, undertook a feat to climb Mount Snowden in Wales, Scafell Pike in the Peak District and Ben Nevis in Scotland in just 24 hours.

The challenge was in memory of Lucie’s brother Jamie Clarke who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in 2009 aged 31, and to raise money for a screening unit in Hastings for a day, which can to screen up to 100 people for undetected heart problems.

Lucie said: “This was such a hard challenge, mentally and emotionally. The weather was against us the whole way. We started our challenge at 8am on Saturday with Mount Snowdon. We then drove to Scafell Pike in the Lake District and started the ascent about 6pm. This was the hardest climb by far emotionally and mentally. The terrain was very difficult and the weather and darkness made this so hard. We took longer than we thought coming down due to the adverse weather so didn’t get to Ben Nevis till 6am Sunday. Again the weather was shocking, sheet lightening and rain, and so many of us were injured from the previous mountain. This resulted in only two of the 16 hitting the summit of Nevis, but nevertheless Team Clarko had done it! The money exceeded our target and the donations are still coming in which means we now can get this screening unit to Hastings. I am proud of the team and it means a lot to me that people participated.” Donations can still be made at