Three peaks, 24 hours and a target to raise £2,000 for charity. That was the challenge undertaken by Paul Finch, Chairman of the Essex Institute of Directors, and two businessmen from the Southend-on-Sea Round Table and 41 Club, with the aim to raise money in aid of Help for Heroes.
Starting at Ben Nevis in Scotland at 5.00pm on Friday 14 May, Paul, Bill Shirley and Richard Metcalf began the challenge to reach the summit of the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.
After completing the Scottish leg in five hours the intrepid trio made their way to Scafell Pike in the Lake District. The six hour drive allowed just enough time to recover and complete their next hurdle in three hours and 50 minutes. Next, their route took them to Mount Snowdon in Wales. Impressively, the team completed their gruelling challenge in just over 24 hours, despite Paul requiring treatment to his knee at the summit of Mount Snowdon.
Paul Finch, Chairman of the Essex Institute of Directors and Managing Director of Southend-based business Spares4Appliances, said: “This was one of the most gruelling challenges we have undertaken. However, the adverse weather conditions, injuries and lack of sleep were all worth it to raise money for charity. Even the deep snow and thick cloud at Ben Nevis did not dampen our spirits, and seeing the sunrise at 4.30am in the Lake District was breathtaking.
“We could not have done it without the help of our driver Paul Marsh, who ensured we made it comfortably and safely to each mountain. I would also like to thank all of our generous sponsors, including Steve’s Van Hire, Spares4Applicanes, our friends, family and colleagues.”
Launched in October 2007, Help for Heroes aims to help people who are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces, and their dependents, by making grants available to purchase equipment for their rehabilitation or grants to other charities that can assist them.