A triple challenge for our three peaks team
A team of 30 Blake Morgan employees from across our offices have been training hard ahead of the National Three Peaks Challenge on 3 - 6 June 2016 and 8 – 11 July 2016. Beginning with ascending and descending Ben Nevis in Scotland (4,409ft), then onto Scafell Pike in England (3,206ft) and finishing with Snowdon in Wales (3,560ft) – totalling a vertical climb of over 11,000 feet, walk of 26 miles and drive 460 miles all within 24 hours (they hope)! It is set to be a gruelling challenge but the teams have been hard at work training and fundraising and are really excited about completing.
This challenge is all in aid of Action for Children, a charity that supports some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK, For example, providing support to children who may be caring for a parent with an illness or helping those who may not have access to basic necessities such as food in the cupboard or a mattress to sleep on at night. Action for Children works with these individuals and their families to overcome their barriers and ensure they receive the love, support and opportunities they need to reach their potential.
See below to hear a little bit from the teams themselves, and what they've been up to in their fundraising and training efforts:
With three weeks to go until the first wave of Blake Morgan hikers take on the National Three Peaks Challenge, the London team are getting very excited!
They are now stepping up their training game with several weekend walks coming up in the countryside around London. Having started training in February, the team have been regulars on the Surrey hills, braving heavy rain, deep mud and hail.
So far they have successfully run a St Patrick's day Irish teamed cake sale, a St George's day cream tea afternoon and an office Mario Kart tournament to raise fund for the cause.
The London team's fundraising page can be found here.
From our Cardiff office, Partner Phil Jardine is taking the stand as the only one from Wales to Brave the three peaks, something he says "sits somewhere between hilarious and dangerous and probably settles around ridiculous!" Phil is raising money for both Action for Children and our Wales office Charity of the year Alzheimer's Society, a charity very close to his heart. So he's going for twice the target!
Phil's fundraising page can be found here.
In Reading the team have so far held a pizza fuelled quiz night, and a raffle with some very generously donated prizes in a bid to raise money for Action for Children. Next month they'll hold a mock trial, all whist squeezing in as many training walks as possible in Bath, Box Hill, the Black Mountains and more, including the very soggy Surrey Three Peaks trial!
The Reading team's fundraising page can be found here.
In Oxford, the team have held a 'B' or 'M' themed fancy dress competition, numerous bake sales, doughnut sales, guessing the number of eggs in the jar and are planning an afternoon tea, and a beer, pizza and football night. Luckily they’ve been walking it all off with training trips to places such at Winchester and the Lake District, next they're on to a big sponsored car wash all to raise funds and get some training in in a different way.
The Oxford team's fundraising page can be found here.
Our Southampton office have been getting the training in by joining the rest of the teams with a 26 mile training hike on the Surrey Three Peaks trial a few weeks ago.
Fundraising to date has included wine raffles; cake bakes; luxury goods raffles; bespoke client training sessions; and "general pleading and grasping!"
The Southampton team's fundraising page can be found here.