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Intrepid trio conquer the ‘three peaks’ to take fundraising total to over £8,000

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An intrepid trio from local auction house Cuttlestones took on the Three Peaks Challenge last weekend in an effort to bring the company, which has auction rooms in Penkridge and Wolverhampton, closer to its target of raising £10,000 for Katharine House Hospice; its nominated Charity of the Year.

 

MD and Head Auctioneer Ben Gamble, Wolverhampton Auction Rooms’ Manager Tom Waldron and Office Manager Libby Vjestica scaled Britain’s three highest peaks – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lakes and Snowdon in Wales – in an impressive 24 hours and 40 minutes. Inclement weather and road delays meant the team narrowly missed completing within 24 hours, as Ben Gamble explains:

 

When we took on this challenge we knew it was going to be tough, but nothing quite prepares you for the travelling or sleep deprivation on top of three gruelling climbs! While we’re all proud of what we’ve achieved, we’re a competitive bunch and are all a bit gutted that we didn’t complete within the 24 hours – unfortunately, we had a 45 minute delay due to traffic and a pretty heavy fall of snow on Ben Nevis meant we took a little longer to complete the first climb than planned, but this is all part and parcel of the challenge.

 

Between the three of us, we’ve now raised over £2,500 which means Cuttlestones’ fundraising total for Katharine House Hospice now stands at just over £8,000 – we’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us for their generosity. We’ve got a few more events lined up to help us reach the £10,000 target and we can’t think of a more worthy cause. In terms of the three peaks itself, it is a genuine challenge – I think Ben Nevis was the hardest climb technically, and Scafell in the dark was tough – but Snowdon was the most difficult mentally and physically. Not only by that time were we exhausted, but we’d all got old sports injuries that had started to play up. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to raise money and feel like you’ve genuinely earned every penny!

 

If you’d like to help Cuttlestones get even closer to its goal of raising £10,000 in 2012 for Katharine House Hospice, you can make a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Waldron.

 

Cuttlestone’s Libby Vjestica, Ben Gamble  (both in black, front centre) and Tom Waldron (in black, second from right) on the summit of Snowdon with the rest of the intrepid group

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