In August this year, 23 ANS members were crazy enough to take on the National Three Peaks Challenge in the name of raising a load of cash for a charity very special to us, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Anyone who knows ANS knows we love any challenge that involves blood, sweat and tears and the Three Peaks was without a doubt our toughest challenge yet.
The challenge involved conquering the three highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). The total walking distance is an impressive 23 miles with a total ascent of 3064 meters (10,052ft). The aim of the challenge is to scale all 3 peaks in a 24-hour period, including the time of travel between each peak.
Through the wind and the rain, the aching limbs and the soggy feet, there were times when they could have given up. Descending Ben Nevis in the pitch black, unable to reach the peak of Scafell Pike, a reluctant climb to the top of Snowdon (until they realised there’s a bar at the top), not much seemed to be going their way.
We call them mad, crazy, deluded, but look at them now! Last week we got to officially present the cheque of funds raised to RMCH and even Humphrey paid us a visit! Thanks to the generosity of our friends, family, colleagues and ANS partners we managed to raise an incredible £7,794! That is a record amount for any fundraising event that we have ever done for one of our partner charities and we could not be prouder of our ANS Three Peakers!
Every penny raised is going towards the purchase of specialist equipment to diagnose and provide treatment to young patients more quickly and easily at RMCH. The work that the doctors and nurses do at the hospital is second-to-none and we are thrilled that we are able to help them save young lives every day.