EMW raises over £7,500 for research charity British Heart Foundation by completing the National Three Peaks challenge
EMW, the Milton Keynes based commercial law firm, has raised over £7,500 for their nominated charity the British Heart Foundation by having a group of 24 team members undertake the national three peaks challenge – climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.
The British Heart Foundation is a research charity and is the single largest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK.
EMW had originally set an initial fundraising target of £5,000, and a subsequent target of £6,000, but both targets have since been surpassed by the significant volume of donations received from clients, staff, members of the public and the MK Business Community.
The 24 walkers and 6 drivers divided into 3 sub-teams, Team Ben Nevis, Team Scafell Pike and Team Snowdon (original names there!).
The teams commenced the challenge on Saturday 17 June. They started climbing Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands at 06:48 on Saturday 17 June, then drove straight to Scafell Pike in the Lake District which they started climbing at 18:00 before driving all the way to Snowdon in North Wales for a 02:45 climb in the dark, completing the challenge at between 05:45 and 06:25 on Sunday 18 June. 7 members completed the challenge within the 24 hour time limit, with Team Snowdon, which included CEO Joy Vollans, completing the challenge in an impressive 22 hours and 57 minutes. Sadly 4 members of the teams did not complete the challenge due to a mix of injuries, heat exhaustion and badly blistered feet. However, the remaining members of the team all completed the challenge within 25 hours.
In total, the group walked approximately 27.2 miles, climbed around 3,064 metres, and drove over 475 miles on the day of the challenge. The team had to overcome horizontal rain and 40 mph winds at the summit of Ben Nevis, sweltering conditions in the heat of the Lake District and a pitch dark climb along the paths of Snowdon on little or no sleep.
Matthew Holman, EMW’s CSR Principal and event organiser says: “the event pushed every member of the team to their limits. The conditions were, at times, brutal. The team worked tirelessly, giving their all to overcome the challenge together and raise money for a very worthy cause.”
Ian Morris, Chairman of EMW, comments: “We are extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication of the team at EMW in support of our nominated charity and such a worthwhile cause.”
“The British Heart Foundation is a fantastic organisation that supports and funds a wide range of research projects all throughout the UK that work endlessly to combat heart disease.”
“The team has been training tirelessly – giving up their weekends, climbing some challenging peaks, and even getting sunburned earlier in the year – all for a worthy charity.”
“Getting involved in projects such as the three peaks challenge not only offers a great way to raise money for charity, but also promotes healthy lifestyles, exercise, and good team morale.”
“Our team has worked hard to raise money and I am delighted that they have managed to twice surpass their fundraising target and have now raised nearly £7,500 in total for a fantastic cause. It really reflects how much the team has been inspired by the important work of the British Heart Foundation.”