Staff at Barclays Gadbrook Park in Northwich are celebrating raising more than £10,000 for St Luke’s Hospice after conquering the Three Peaks Challenge.

A team from the bank took part in the endurance event earlier this month, which involves climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland, and Wales in under 24 hours. Following four months of planning to ensure the expedition was a success, including various weekends spent training in Wales and the Lake District, the climbers put their best feet forward to step up to their mammoth test of staying power.

The team chose the Three Peaks Challenge because they wanted to undertake a significant test which would raise a lot of money for their two chosen charities, St Luke’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to the dedication of the 23 climbers, six drivers, three mini-buses and one roadie, the group has raised more than £20,000 to be divided between both worthy causes.

Their challenge began on 5 September in Scotland where they scaled the 4,400 foot Ben Nevis, before travelling to the Lake District where they climbed 3,200 foot Scafell Pike in the darkness. The final stage of the challenge was the 3,560 foot Snowdon in mid-Wales, where eight of the group successfully completed the gruelling test in just 22 hours 53 minutes.

But not everything was a walk in the park for the fundraisers, who had to navigate their way through the streets of Glasgow on their way to Ben Nevis after their SatNav malfunctioned! But even the bright lights of the local kebab houses did not slow the team down and they carried on driving through the night to make sure they were ready to start their climb at 4.30am.

Mark Staley from Barclays’ New Client Team helped plan the challenge and was part of a second group who completed the test in less than 24 hours. He commented: “It is a fantastic feeling to reflect on the achievement of so many hikers completing the challenge. It was an inspiring team-building event and many courageous stories were shared once we returned to the office. More importantly is the fact that we have raised so much for two very worthy causes, and we are delighted that Barclays matched funding takes our current total to over £20,000 and still counting!”

Mark added: “We received some incredible support from a number of local organisations and I would like to thank Barclays Colleague Engagement Team, Roadchef Motorway Services, Rotary Club of Sandbach Crosses, The Hut Group, Arabica Caffe, Roberts Bakery, Hartford High School and Mid-Cheshire College.”

Claire Langston, Head of Income Generation at St Luke’s, commented: “Scaling the Three Peaks is no mean feat and we are so proud of Mark and his team, who pushed themselves to do something so incredible for two very worthy charities.

“The money raised means such an awful lots to St Luke’s when we have the challenge of raising £8,600 each day to provide care for our local community. Thank you to everyone involved for making the event such a success.”