A 12-strong team from Linley & Simpson is aiming to conquer the summits of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – all within 24 hours.
The National Three Peaks Challenge forms the centrepiece of the company’s pledge to raise £25,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice, at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, as part of its 25thanniversary year.
The dozen daredevils feature founders Will Linley and Nick Simpson, as well as colleagues from across its Leeds headquarters and its branch network across Yorkshire including Aydin Arslan, Helen Carter, Martin Elliott, Kerry Ferguson, Emma Field, Kathryn Miller, Lauren Sayles, Greg Smallwood, Mark Willetts and Alex Woodhouse.
They will begin with an evening climb of the 1,345m-high Ben Nevis in Scotland, before travelling to the Lake District as dawn rises to conquer the 978m summit of Scafell Pike – the tallest in England.
The footsore fund-raisers will then face another race against time to drive to Wales for the final stage, and scaling the 1,085m summit of Snowdon in the early afternoon.
Since Linley & Simpson – which has more than 20 branches across Yorkshire and The Humber – launched its charity partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice six years ago, its big-hearted team has raised more than £100,000.
Its Chairman, Will Linley, said: “This represents, by far, the most exciting yet daunting challenge we have set ourselves in our company’s history.
Martin House has been a key partner on our journey and we are thrilled to support its amazing team once again, in this our 25th anniversary year.
Its inspirational work touches the lives of all of us, and will spur us on every step on the climb to ensure we safely summit all three peaks within 24 hours – traffic hold-ups and any diversions permitting.”
The team will be waved off from Martin House at dawn on Monday June 27 and will return the following day. It will be guided throughout by mountain leaders from Kuta Outdoors, a West Yorkshire-based specialist in UK-wide hiking and outdoor team-building events.
Abigail Proctor, partnerships manager at Martin House, said: “The team at Linley & Simpson have taken on some incredible challenges to raise money for Martin House, but this must be the biggest yet. We’re so proud to have their support, which makes a real difference to the families we care for, and we wish them the best of luck with their challenge.”