Three staff from Redditch-based catering equipment distributor Aggora are set to climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales to raise money for charity.
Rob Oliver, Matt Wheeler and Matt Humphries are all in the IT department at Aggora and will climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours on 4 July for the three peaks challenge. The fundraising is in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Foort Foundation.
Wheeler told the Redditch & Alcester Advertiser: “My chosen charity is Acorns. As a father of two there is nothing I can imagine more dreadful than having a terminally ill child and even just hearing the words children’s hospice is truly awful.
“And yet Acorns seem able to bring light and happiness to what would otherwise be such a terrible dark place.
“I think it is a fantastic organisation and naively I was shocked when I found out that Acorns was run solely by public donations and this spurred me on to do something for this great charity.”
Humphries commented: “I chose the Birmingham Children’s Hospital because of my sister. When she was a child she had a heart condition that meant frequent trips to the children’s hospital.
“Eventually, after a couple of operations to correct the problems she was fitted with a pacemaker. If it wasn’t for the hospital and its motivated staff, my family would be a different picture than what it is today.
“This challenge is a way to thank those charities for their work in securing past and future families. The discomfort we go through on our way up those three mountains will still be nothing compared to watching your family suffer. If our efforts can help even a small amount then it will all be worth it.”
Oliver chose to raise money for the Foort Foundation, a Redditch-based charity offering support to cancer sufferers including finance, advice and information.
He added: “This will be the hardest challenge any of us have ever undertaken and the challenge is amplified by the fact two of us are overweight and one of us has arthritis in his knees.
“Personally I am aiming to have dropped three stone in weight prior to the challenge. We will be offering up to seven companies the opportunity to advertise on our vehicle, with magnetic signs, for a donation of course.
“Enterprise Rent a car are kindly supplying us with a seven-seater vehicle for the challenge and making a donation as well.”
So far the team have raised £800. All funds will be divided equally between the three chosen charities.