Jones Robinson's Blinding Peakers take on Three Peaks Challenge for Newbury Cancer Care, Naomi House & Jacksplace and Julia's House
A group of intrepid explorers from a Newbury estate agent have scaled new heights, all in aid of charity.
The team of 12, from Jones Robinson, took on a mountain of a challenge at the weekend as they attempted to completed the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing Britain’s three highest peaks - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - within 24 hours.
Sadly, the ‘Blinding Peakers’ team – of Anna Hill, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Caroline Wright, Charles Robinson, Chloe Morey, Lucy Coombes, Mel Lord, Rachel Crayton, Sam Norman, Sara Robinson, Steph Smith and Toyah Leonard – were met with bad weather in Scotland, which hampered their efforts.
They set off for Ben Nevis on Friday (June 10) and began the ascent of the highest peak in Scotland the following morning, but gusts of up to 70mph meant that it was deemed unsafe to continue and they were forced back down before reaching the peak.
“We knew we were in for a tough challenge as the forecast wasn’t great and we had already been warned that it was very unlikely we were going to make it,” said company director Mr Robinson. “Given the number of people we saw coming back down the mountain saying it wasn’t going to happen, we knew we were in for a bit of disappointment and we were.
“We managed to get over half way before our guides told us that in the name of safety we had to turn around. So we did. We were absolutely soaked through.”
But the team dried themselves off and headed back down to Scafell Pike, which they climbed overnight on Saturday, before heading to Wales to conquer Snowdon.
Mr Robinson said the weather in Wales was “beautiful, the best weather of the whole weekend”, which made the whole challenge all worthwhile.
And then 62 hours after they set off, the team arrived home in Newbury and said “never were they so grateful to get into their own beds”.
“We had a brilliant weekend, full of all sorts of ups and downs,” said Mr Robinson. “We all made it and I am so, so proud of the Blinding Peakers.
“They did a fantastic job; every single one of us got to the top together and we all came down together."
The three chosen charities are Newbury Cancer Care, Naomi House & Jacksplace and Julia’s House and so far the group has raised more than £10,000 of its £12,000 target.
To boost that figure even more you can visit the JustGiving page here – https://bit.ly/39lz0c2
“The biggest thank you of all to all of our fantastic supporters who have generated so much in terms of funds for our three charities," added Mr Robinson.
“We have been blown away and completely overwhelmed by everyone’s generousity.”