Climbing just one mountain is a tough challenge. Conquering two mountains would be an impressive feat by anybody’s standards. But three mountains in one day?
That is the goal of a team of 11 employees at Diss-based business Midwich, who are preparing to take on the Three Peaks Challenge next month, in an effort to raise £10,000 for two cancer foundations.
Supported by manufacturer Brother UK, the group, comprising Harriet Robbins, Charlotte Catalano, Stuart Spurgeon, Mark Wysocki, Alex Garnham, Daniel Summers, Ellis Barnes, Aaron Lawther, Matthew Smith, Jessie Holburn and Ben Balchin, will aim to scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales — all within 24 hours.
Ms Robbins, the Brother Sales Specialist at Midwich, told the Diss Express: “We are all complete amateurs and we are all terrified, but we are determined to reach our goal.
“It’s the first time for everyone involved. Everyone is really excited for it. We obviously chose something tough.”
The group’s training regime currently consists of twice-weekly ten-mile walks and regular trips to the gym, while they are also organising fundraising events to edge closer to their target.
In addition to fundraisers within Midwich itself, the 11 have also planned bag packing sessions at local supermarkets, as well as quiz and bingo nights around the town in the future.
At the time of going to press, their donations total sits at £1,483.75, with the final amount set to be split between Cancer Research UK and Norfolk’s Cancer Charity, the Big C, at a ratio of 80 per cent to 20 per cent, respectively.
Ms Robbins added: “I don’t think that anyone from our company has done it (the challenge). The people at Brother who have done it have said they had the best time, but it’s very tough.
“We are all up for the challenge. We would love to raise £10,000.”
The Three Peaks Challenge 2016 commences on Saturday, July 16.
Anybody who would like to support this cause can go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TeamMidwichThreePeaks