Four friends will be climbing the largest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Joe Sciberras, Joe Heyes, Maddie Rogan and Charlotte Heyes will be taking on the 23-mile hiking challenge on 3rd July 2021 which involves an ascent of 3064 Metres (10,052ft).
The Three Peaks Challenge is an attempt to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. These peaks are Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales.
They were all passionate about doing charity work to help others and liked the idea of testing themselves physically:
“We’ve all wanted to do charity work in the past, and all individually looked into ideas for raising money for a good cause. The idea came from a conversation on a walk with Maddie, Charlotte, and me, where we thought it would be fun to do the 3 Peaks.
“I contacted Joe Heyes about doing it as I knew he’d be up for the challenge; we’ve been good friends for years, and whenever I’ve had an idea with any form of physical challenge involved he’s always been enthusiastic to take it on with me. We all realised we could do it for charity, so set about deciding on a charity that we all felt was a good cause.”
Joe Heyes has a personal family connection to the work the charity does so was eager to help other children who are struggling:
“My younger brother has a condition known as NF1 (Neurofibromatosis type 1). Due to this, he has epilepsy, which is thankfully manageable. Family is a huge part of my life,
“So I want to raise money for GOSH to support a great charity who can help other children with similar struggles across the country, by providing better treatments and improving quality of life for the children and families affected.”
They are fully prepared for how tough the three peaks challenge will be and have begun training already:
“We’re all excited to take it on, as it’s something completely new to all of us. It’ll be an experience, and will no doubt be fun. We are all athletes, so the physical work won’t be unfamiliar for us, however, we aren’t underestimating the size of the task. We’ve begun training for the task, just recently climbing Helvellyn,
“We plan on hiking multiple other mountains between now and July 3rd to be better prepared. This, along with each of our individual sport/training we have, will make us more able to complete the challenge. It will be tough, but that’ll make it all the more fun and rewarding.”
At the time of writing, they have already raised £825 for the children’s hospital which has spurred them on even more:
“Seeing the donations coming in was a great feeling; knowing that we were helping out such a worthy cause was really encouraging. Seeing so much raised in such a short time has made us more determined to complete the task, and we’re now hoping to raise even more.
“We’re so grateful to those who have already donated, and to anyone who can donate- please do, no matter how big or small, as everything helps and it’s for such a worthwhile cause.”
You can donate here to help Joe, Charlotte, Maddie and Joe raise as much as possible for Great Ormond Street Hospital.