Childcare insurance workers 5,200ft charity climb
A team of 19 workers from one of the UK’s leading childcare insurance specialist, Morton Michel, and it’s wider PIB group of companies, has completed a punishing 5,200ft climb to raise vital funds for a disabled children’s charity.
The determined team, based in Croydon, took on the famous Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge, on Saturday 5th October, 2019, and scaled Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough peaks in less than 12 hours.
The challenge saw climbers raise over £2,800 for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Becky Henwood, Marketing Manager at Morton Michel, said the group enjoyed the climb. As she explained: “The team at Morton Michel love a challenge! Last year we completed the London Marathon and Rough Runner, the obstacle event inspired by the TV game show Total Wipeout, whilst back in 2017 we took on Tough Mudder, an endurance event that plays on human fears.
“The Yorkshire Three peaks was a mammoth task, that included a 25-mile circular route, but it was well worth it as it was for a fantastic charity who help disabled children to lead happy, active and independent lives.”
The challenge started a 6.15am with a 694m ascent of Pen-y-ghent. “The beautiful sunrise made the early start feel worthwhile,” said Becky. “However, the first peak involved a very steep rock climb of just under three miles.
“It was when we’d reached the summit that the group realised what a challenge it was going to be!”
Vicky Glanville, from Caudwell Children, says the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a particularly good climb to make. As she explained: “You don’t have to be an experienced trekker to take part in this particular challenge.
“As long as you have a reasonable level of fitness it’s a perfectly achievable climb.
”Our qualified mountain leaders also make sure that groups, like Morton Michel, work as a team to encourage each other through the event, ensuring everyone makes it to the end.”
On a good day the Yorkshire Three Peaks offers some of the best views of the county, including breath-taking limestone scenery and a stunning panoramic view from the highest point in Yorkshire.
“You can see across the Dales and on to Morecambe Bay and the Lake District,” enthused Vicky. “You also get to witness the engineering masterpiece of the Ribble Viaduct, built in the 1880s by over 2,000 workers.”
Vicky is urging other groups to follow Morton Michel’s example and register for the charity’s 2020 ‘Summer Solstice’ Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
The climb will take place on Saturday 20th June, 2020. Individual registration costs £20 with a minimum fundraising target of £100, whilst couples can register for £30 with a minimum fundraising target of £150.
“It will be the experience of a lifetime,” said Vicky. “With the climb taking place the day before the longest day of the year the light will be fantastic.
“There are two opportunities during the challenge to buy refreshments, including hot drinks, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the terrain.
“And what’s more once you’ve completed the challenge you can relax safe in the knowledge that your efforts will help Caudwell Children to transform the lives of disabled children.”
Becky is also encouraging more companies to get involved. As she explained: “It was one of the most rewarding things that the team has ever done, despite the many sore legs, and I’d recommend any corporate teams to do it.
“When we returned to base the group enjoyed a well-deserved celebration as it was such a great achievement.”
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