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Staff at Shirley firm take on peak challenge in extreme weather.

A GROUP of determined Solihull employees battled the elements recently to tackle Yorkshire’s biggest peaks in aid of charity.

A GROUP of determined Solihull employees battled the elements recently to tackle Yorkshire’s biggest peaks in aid of charity.

Despite torrential rain, the team, who all work for Shirley-based Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) Group, managed to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to boost funds for the Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs (CATS) Foundation, as part of their year-long fundraising campaign.

Tay-Sachs disease is a rare and usually fatal genetic disorder that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

The CATS Foundation provides information and support to people affected by Tay-Sachs, to raise awareness of the disease and provide fundraising opportunities for research so that treatment can be found.

Through non-stop downpours, the team scaled Yorkshire’s three highest peaks, Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres) Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres), a total distance of 24 miles in just over 12 hours.

Challenge organiser Susie Thomas, employee communications manager at EU Skills praised the team for persevering through the challenge, despite the wet conditions.

“The weather was absolutely horrendous. It rained from when we set off at 8am for most of the day so we were absolutely drenched and very cold.

“I’ve done a few challenges in my time but this is by far the hardest challenge I’ve ever done.”

To donate, go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/yorkshirethreepeaks2013

 

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