Lawyers from the Swindon and Marlborough offices of Withy King joined colleagues from across the regional law firm to raise more than £9,000 for charity by completing the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge.
The 28-strong group ran, walked and hobbled their way to the top of Ben Nevis (1344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1085m) – the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – with the first team of four crossing the finishing line in 22 hours, six minutes.
Team member, clinical negligence solicitor Ali Cloak, said: “I am so proud of my team and all my colleagues for taking this on. You don’t realise quite how tough it’s going to be until you do it.
“The adventure began at 4am so we could catch our flights to Glasgow, ready to climb the first mountain, Ben Nevis, that afternoon. We fought our way through fog and snowfields to reach the top before driving 250 miles to Cumbria to start climbing Scafell Pike at 3.30am, in the pitch dark.
“By the time we got to Snowdon, the sun was blazing and we had to climb to the top in 24 degree heat. I’m really pleased to be able to say that we did it though – and with almost two hours to spare.”
Withy King partner Chris Kane, who also took part, added: “It was a tremendous team effort and a great experience for everyone involved. A lack of sleep, physical and mental exhaustion and several minor injuries provided plenty of challenges along the way but I am immensely proud of the way everyone pulled together and got through it.
“I think I got one hour’s sleep over a 48-hour period so I’m amazed I managed to help navigate the route and complete the challenge. We are delighted to have raised over £9,000 for our three chosen charities during this one event and are grateful to Withy King for covering our costs and helping to make it possible.”
The firm is staging various activities as part of its Summer of Sport in aid of its three chosen charities – The RUH Forever Friends Appeal, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Headway Oxford.
To support Withy King’s Summer of Sport for charity, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/withykingsummerofsport
Pictured: The Withy King Three Peaks Challenge team with Chris Kane, third from left, celebrate their achievement