MEMBERS of a local Three Peaks Challenge team have returned home and have doubled their fundraising target from £6,000 to £12,160 for Teddy’s Wish and the Forget Me Not bereavement suite at Bath Royal United Hospital (RUH).
The team consisted of 21 people, with three of them from Melksham; Nicky Clyde from Cobblers Bench, Harriet Robson and Paula Aust from Bliss Hair salon, who climbed the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, in 24 hours.
The challenge was in aid of the two charities; Teddy’s Wish, a baby loss charity and the Forget Me Not bereavement suite, which is self-funded, at Bath RUH, and supported Harriet and her husband Tom, when they had a daughter who was stillborn on 25th November 2021.
Initially, the team set out to raise £6,000, but have since doubled their target. Harriet said, “It’s absolutely amazing that we have doubled our target. It’s quite overwhelming. I can’t believe it.”
Reflecting on the challenge, Harriet said, “The challenge was much bigger than we anticipated. It was really good, but the hardest part for me was Ben Nevis. It was the first one we did and it was hot, but when we got to the top it was such a relief. We arrived to Ben Nevis at about 4pm on the Saturday, then finished walking around 10pm and it was just getting dark.
“We then got in the minibus, tried to sleep, which was difficult being all cramped up, and tried to eat as much as we could, and then we arrived to Scafell Pike at around 5am on Sunday. It took around four hours to complete that one, before we headed off to Snowdon. The women in the team completed it a little over 24 hours, but we are still really happy with this. The men completed it in the 24 hours”
Nicky Clyde from the Cobblers Bench in Melksham said, “It was a massive achievement, with the weather on our side. The team consisted of a mixture of ages which meant some flew through the mountain climbs and others, like myself, just kept going without stopping and found it hard! Luckily, I have no blisters, just tired legs. Although I know a few of the others were hobbling at the end!”
For nine members of the group, the challenge didn’t finish in Snowdon, as they cycled back from North Wales to Trowbridge. Harriet said, “Nine of them including my husband were cycling back. They didn’t put a time on this though as it was an extra part of the challenge they wanted to add on.”
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