Climbing to new heights for Prospect Hospice

Last October, twelve Nationwide and Swiss Post employees tackled the Welsh three peaks challenge to raise funds for the hospice.

The trekkers hiked up Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan, which stand at 1,085, 893 and 886 meters respectively. The team completed the challenge in less than 24 hours, raising over £1,300.
“Two of my friends were cared for at the hospice,” says Gavin Baker, from Swindon. “They spent their last few hours there, and the care and support provided means so much to me.”

The group were up at 3.30am and climbing Snowdon before 5am, ascending as the sun rose over the peaks of Snowdonia. They then summited Cadair Idris, before driving down to the Brecon Beacons and beginning their ascent of Pen y Fan around 10pm.

“There were lots of different abilities within the group,” says Dan Walker, who lives in Bristol. “Some did lots of training, and some did none, but we stuck together as one big group.
“The best thing was the team spirit, and the sense of achievement in completing the challenge together, not to mention the amount of money raised!"

When asked how they drummed up support, Gavin said: “We updated social media as we climbed – it was really motivating to see people’s supportive comments and the amount of donations coming in.

“We’re all really pleased to have raised so much.”

Thank you to both Gavin and Dan, as well as Rob Gue, Vaughan Rees, Kailash Gurung, Mark Borley, Tony Carr, Steve Harris, Josh Roberts, Kathryn Speed, Kerrie Tomkins and Dane Hughes, and their support drivers Patrick O’Farrell and Andrew Martin for choosing to take on the challenge, and for raising so much for the hospice!