Accountants from TWP have braved tough mountain terrain and severe weather conditions to raise thousands of pounds for a local hospice charity.
The firm took part in the Three Peaks Challenge, which requires participants to scale the British Isles’ three highest mountains – Ben Nevis (4,409ft) in Scotland, Scafell Pike (3,209ft) in the Lake District and Snowdon (3,560ft) in Wales – in just 24 hours.
The team consisted of Managing Partner Philip Munk, Corporate Tax Partner Andy Goddon, Associate Paul Hawksley, Corporate Tax Manager Sarah Gardner, along with David Carter of TWP Wealth Management, and one of Philip Munk’s clients, Darren Jones, of Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre.
They were climbing in aid of the Esher-based Princess Alice Hospice, which provides free end of life care to adult patients and support to their family and friends. So far, the challenge has raised well over £4,000 for the charity, with donations still coming in.
Starting at Ben Nevis at 6pm on 22 June, the team came up against snowfields at the top which, combined with thick cloud for much of the climb, made for a long, cold trek. The team managed to complete Snowdon in around five-and-a-half hours.
An overnight drive to Scafell followed, with the team doing their best to get some sleep while sitting up in a minibus. Torrential rain on arrival gave an indication of the challenge ahead, with the team’s minibus just managing to negotiate a flooded road. Noting that most other teams appeared to have skipped Scafell, TWP began their climb only to find that a normally calm brook they needed to cross had turned into 4ft deep, fast flowing white water rapids too dangerous to attempt. With safety being paramount, the difficult decision was made to turn back – with the team only later discovering that the local Mountain Rescue unit was advising that no one should be attempting the mountain in those conditions.
Having been unable to complete Scafell Pike, the team moved on to Snowdon, where driving winds and hail made the climb particularly gruelling, although the summit was reached.
Sarah Gardner, who organised the event, said: “The weather could not have been worse and it was disappointing that we were unable to complete Scafell Pike as a result, but team spirit remained high and everyone left Snowdon with a real sense of achievement.”
Philip Munk said: “We always knew this was going to an incredibly tough challenge and the weather certainly made it a lot more difficult than expected, but we persevered and completed everything we could safely do. I am very proud of what our team has achieved. More importantly, however, we have raised thousands of pounds for an extremely worthy cause.”
Donations can still be made via TWP’s fund-raising page on the JustGiving website, which can be found at www.justgiving.com/twp