Team set to scale three peaks for hospice

25th June 2019

A team of colleagues are set to climb the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in 24 hours to raise £10,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The group of 12, who work at insurance company Hiscox and the Worcester branch of Jelf, leading advisers in insurance, risk management and employee benefits, will begin the challenge at Ben Nevis, Scotland, on Saturday, July 6.

After summiting Ben Nevis, the team will tackle Scafell Pike in the Lake District during the early hours of Sunday morning. They will then be driven to Snowdon, Wales, to finish the challenge by 4pm on Sunday, July 7.

Ben Dale, Senior Account Executive at Jelf, said: “We’re very excited and nervous to push ourselves physically and mentally to complete this challenge.

“We will have to contend with the changeable weather conditions, relentless rocky paths and hope for a clear run when on the road.

“Jelf has long-supported St Richard’s Hospice. This is our way of saying thank you and supporting the continuously great work everyone at the hospice does for its patients and their loved ones in Worcestershire.”

The team from Jelf include Mr Dale, Hannah Bell, Jack Wilks, Andrew Hay, Ian Vass, Jim Stevenson and Rebecca Merry.

From Hiscox are Dawn Blazier, Sarah O’Reilly, David Shaw, Lewis Pettitt and Arun Kohli. There are two drivers, Peter Basten and David Bridges, who will make sure the team gets to each mountain in good time.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to see a team of colleagues coming together for such a fantastic challenge.

“It will be a tough day, but we are sure the group will have a terrific time – making memories to last a lifetime.

“We are grateful for the fundraising efforts of this group – and the three other teams taking on the challenge for St Richard’s too.

“Without the support of people like this, we couldn’t continue our care to people when they need us most.”

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