Thirty five staff and trainees from Middlesbrough-based TTE Technical Training Group have literally climbed mountains in aid of charity.
The group took part in the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves tackling 24.5 miles and three mountains that form part of the Pennine range in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in 12 hours or less.
The charity-minded walkers raised £3,500 for Eston Handicapped Fellowship, and presented representatives from the charity with a cheque when they visited TTE.
The Eston Handicapped Fellowship, which was established in 1985, supports mentally handicapped people and their families within the Eston area in Middlesbrough. Group activities include a weekly playgroup, youth clubs, day trips, weekend breaks and an annual holiday.
As part of their fundraising climb, TTE staff and trainees had to climb, and walk between, the mountains, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, which measure between 691 and 728 metres high.
Steve Grant, Managing Director of TTE, said: “I am very pleased that so many people from TTE have taken part in the Three Peaks Challenge. This was a challenge that both staff and trainees trained extremely hard for.
“It’s a tribute to that hard work and determination that they all came through together as a team to complete this ambitious walk. It’s certainly not one for the faint of heart, and their achievement is all the more significant given that proceeds from the walk are going to a very deserving local charity. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”
The Three Peaks Challenge is the latest charity walk organised by TTE staff Rory McIntosh, Jeff Stephenson, Stuart Bain, Jamie Iveson and Barbara Skaife.
Over the past eight years, TTE’s annual charity walks have raised in the region of £20,000, which has benefitted a large number of good causes.