Seven employees scale seven summits


Water workers are taking fundraising to new heights as they climb some of England’s highest peaks in the name of charity.

Northumbrian Water’s ‘Summit’s Up’ team, made up of seven employees, together with friends and family members, are to swap their suits for walking boots on Saturday, July 4 2009, to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The intrepid adventurers, supported by two drivers, plan to walk 30 miles across the Lake District, climbing the ‘Magnificent Seven’, the seven mountains that are higher than 3,000 feet, on the way.

In just one day, they will scale England’s two highest mountains, Scafell and Scafell Pike, before climbing Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Helvellyn, Lower Man and Skiddaw, covering almost 20,000 feet in ascent and descent.

Team member Richard Taylor, who lives in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, and works as an internal auditor at Northumbrian Water’s head office in Pity Me, Durham, said: “We completed the Three Peaks Challenge last year, climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales with only ten minutes left inside our 24-hour target!

“This year, we’re taking on a bigger challenge physically, but I’m sure the money we’re raising for St Oswald’s will spur us on – not to mention the curry in Keswick at the end of a very long day!”

In light of the difficult economic climate, the ‘Summits Up’ team have set a modest fundraising target of £1,000. Well wishers are encouraged to visit 7 before mid-August 2009 to make a donation.

Richard, along with six other team members who work for Northumbrian Water at Pity Me, Durham and Horsley, Tyne and Wear - Ken Black of Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nicky Jeffrey of Slaley, near Hexham, Dave Whiteley of Tynemouth, Chris Green of Haydon Bridge, near Hexham and Mike and David Rewcastle, both of Winlaton Mill, Gateshead, warmed up for the event by taking part in the WaterAid Trail 100 Challenge on Saturday, June 6 2009.

This challenge, which has been attempted unsuccessfully before, saw teams of walkers reach the tops of 100 mountain summits across the UK, between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm.  Despite bad weather on many of the peaks, the challenge was successful and raised more than £200,000 for Northumbrian Water’s adopted, international charity, WaterAid. This will save 1,333 lives in the developing world by providing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

Fifty Northumbrian Water employees joined many others on this challenge and the company had walkers on top of mountains as far afield as Snowdonia, the Lake District and the far north of Scotland.

St Oswald′s is a registered charity which provides hospice care for adults and children from Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. Annual running costs exceed £7 million, of which £5 million must be raised through voluntary giving.

For further information please contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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