A staggering £25,939.98 has been raised for two Manchester charities after a group of Manchester Councillors and Council officers successfully completed the gruelling Three Peaks of Great Britain Challenge. When donations close this will be split between We Love MCR Charity and Big Change Manchester.
Battling through at times extreme weather, injury and exhaustion, the group of 21 climbers made it, with seven managing to complete all three peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – within 24 hours.
Councillor Carl Ollerhead, who led the expedition, reflected on what had been achieved, saying: “There were a lot of highs and a good few lows for the team. Climbing Scafell at 5am in the dark, in the wet and without any sleep, that was when I asked myself was it all worth it. But, after tackling Ben Nevis and with Snowdon still to come, we had come so far and the amount of money that was ticking up by the hour meant we had to keep going. During the times when you had nothing left in the tank, it was the camaraderie of the group which lifted us back up, and kept people putting one foot in front of the other. We Love MCR Charity could not have done more to support us in this brilliant fundraising event.”
Ged Carter, We Love MCR Charity Development Manager, who led on logistics for the event, said: “We’re here to make our city a fairer, safer, cleaner, friendlier place for all Mancunians. Anyone who wants to undertake a challenge to support us can get ideas from us on 07815 550631.
“To see the amount of money donated has made every mile, every blister and every stiff joint worth it.”
In the main picture, you can see Councillor Ollerhead presenting Ged and Steph, from Reach Out To The Community Manchester representing Big Change, with the cheque for the final sum.