The Three Peaks Challenge saw teams from across the railway industry climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, with a special train ferrying participants to the foothills of each. In the process, the railway industry raised significant sums to support the Railway Children’s charitable activities that support vulnerable children, both at home and abroad.
The two teams from Porterbrook conquered the three peaks challenge in just over 13 hours for the Railway Children charity.
The teams comprised of Team one: Neil Foster, Peter Coates, Rachel Drew, Stephen Ball and Stefan Rose and Team two: Jonathan Bell, Nick Taylor, Christian Peckham and Mark Hallam. Team two had the combined age of over 200 years and yet managed to pull out all the stops for the Railway Children.
Porterbrook was the lead sponsor for the only rail linked Three Peaks challenge and will continue to support the event next year. As well as sponsorship, over £6,000 was raised by the teams for the charity through the climbs.
The Three Peaks challenge is to climb the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales. The total walking distance is 23 miles and the total ascent is 3,064 metres.
Railway Children help kids around the world who have found themselves living on the streets at a young age through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. The charity vows to help children before they become entrenched in street life.
Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook, said: “Porterbrook was delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Railway Children Three Peaks challenge and is proud of what the teams have achieved. The money raised is going to help children both at home and abroad, who have found themselves at a disadvantage. The Three Peaks event is a gruelling challenge covering miles of climbing over days and we are very impressed with how well all the teams have done, especially our very own mountaineers. This event is a wonderful demonstration of the teamwork and collaboration that happens every day in the rail industry, this time in the name of charity.”