Vauxhall Help For Heroes Team Complete The Three Peaks Challenge

Team Vauxhall At The base of Ben Nevis
Team Vauxhall At The base of Ben Nevis

22 Vauxhall employees have succeeded in climbing the highest peaks of England, Wales and Scotland within 24 hours, and raised at least £4,500 for Vauxhall's chosen charity, Help for Heroes.

The challenge started at 5pm on Friday 3rd June 2011, with the group - consisting of four teams - ascending Ben Nevis, the highest mountain on the mainland, at 1343 metres above sea level. The team then drove 255 miles to the Lake District's Scafell Pike at 978 metres high. "We were down, but certainly not out at this point," said Alex Lee, Undergraduate Programme Assistant at Vauxhall. "The heat and lack of sleep was getting to us all, but we were completely focused on setting a time within 24 hours".

The final 196 mile drive to Snowdon saw the teams take on the 1078 metre Welsh peak. The quickest team completed the challenge in 20 hours and 14 minutes, with all teams beating the 24 hour target.

Derek Derenalagi, Vauxhall's Help for Heroes Ambassador, saw off the group as they left Vauxhall's Luton headquarters. He said, "It's fantastic to see Vauxhall employees pushing themselves to the limit, both physically and mentally in order to raise money for Help for Heroes. I'd like to thank them for all their hard work in putting on this event."

Will Newham, Retail Systems Analyst and co-organiser of the Vauxhall Three Peaks Challenge said, "The event was incredibly tough. It's such a fantastic cause and the hard work and dedication put in to this challenge shows that Vauxhall employees are wholeheartedly behind our service men and women."

The group was supported by two seven-seat Vauxhall Zafiras and two vauxhall Vivaro minibuses. Vauxhall has raised more then £134,000 for Help for Heroes since January 2010.

Published : 07/06/11 Author : Staff

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