Yorkshire Three Peaks

Every year as part of Action for Children’s flagship fundraising event, Byte Night, corporate supporters take on a variety of challenges to raise money for Byte Night and Action for Children. This year teams from Eversheds Sutherland and Computacenter bravely took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and showed their outstanding commitment to raising money for this essential cause.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a challenge that takes you through a 24 mile hike, which includes 1,585 metres of ascent. The hike begins in Pen-y-Ghent for 694 metres, then to Whernside for 736 metres, and if that isn’t enough already the groups are then taken through Ingleborough for another 723 metres. The challenge is to complete this in under twelve hours, and our incredible Byte Night sleepers from Eversheds Sutherland and Comptacenter were able to complete it in under ten!

Thankfully our teams did not have to face the three peaks on their own, there was a support vehicle which supplied delicious lunch, and an afternoon pit stop of stew before the final ascent to make sure that the level of energy was high throughout the day. Matilda Naimaldin who hiked the Three Peaks Challenge recalls how happy they were to receive sustenance midway through,

“Fortunately we were lucky enough to have a fantastic support vehicle awaiting us with coffee and soup! (Thanks to Chris and Amaresh!) Half a bag of jelly babies later the team were pumped for Ingleborough and the end was nigh!”

Of course there were moments during the event that were just as challenging for the spirit as it was for the body. I am referring to what has been called the “mint tea bag fiasco”, where someone inadvertently mixed a pack of mint tea with the Yorkshire tea box, creating what was possibly the most dangerous game of Russian roulette. During that long of a hike you better hope you are getting the right tea at the end of it!

Not only did the team display their strength during the Yorkshire Three Peaks, they also had a few odd looks thrown in their direction (in awe) when they decided to have a 50 press ups challenge amongst themselves, as if 24 miles was not enough to tire them out!

Thank you to Eversheds Sutherlands International and Computacenter for their fantastic fundraising! Not only was the challenge completed in less than twelve hours, but the teams also surpassed their fundraising target of £7,000, raising a fantastic £7,165. This fundraising will ensure that Action for Children can continue their vital work in supporting vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness in the UK.

A big thank you to the teammates!

Matt Evans

Andrew McManus

Jon Lucas-Garner

Bill Codd

Murray Dickson

James Crook

Duncan Cosgrave

Mark Bicknell

Matilda Najmaldin