18956Forty-two trainees and staff at Middlesbrough-based TTE are preparing themselves for the gruelling three peaks challenge, which will help to raise more than £4,000 for local children’s charity, Zoë’s Place.

The group, which is made up of 20 students and 22 staff, are currently training for the race with long walks at Roseberry Topping that will help to prepare them for the testing conditions and elements they are likely to face on the 3 June, when they take to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Led by organiser Rory McIntosh and TTE staff Jeff Stephenson, Jamie Iveson and Barbara Skaife, the team will tackle the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, which measure between 691 and 728 metres high and include 24.5 miles of rough terrain. 

This is the sixth year those at TTE have taken part in a charity walk – during this time they have managed to raise more than £20,000 for charities including The Eston Handicapped Fellowship, South Cleveland Heart Fund and The North Tees Hospital Neo-Natal special care Maternity Unit. 

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice provide a ‘home from home’ environment for babies and infants up to five years old who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. TTE is a proud supporter of Zoë’s Place and is currently planning to compete in the Three Peaks Challenge on its behalf.

Steve Grant, Managing Director at TTE, said: “The continued success of our charity walks demonstrate the excellent relationships that our trainees and trainers build during their time in the workshops and classrooms. These social skills and the ability to work well within a team will also serve our young people well when moving in to the world of work.” 

Rory McIntosh added: “The walk is something that has become a tradition at TTE and is a great way to raise money for deserving local charities; each year we try to better the previous total, which is why we are hoping to raise somewhere in the region of £4,000 this time around.”