Printware is once again pulling together for a good cause as a team of adventurous souls is preparing to scale the heights for Dreams Come True. Last year, a group from Printware raised £2000 for Dreams Come True by walking the South Downs. This year, the stakes are considerably higher as the team takes on the daunting Three Peaks Challenge at the end of June.
Dreams Come True is a charity dedicated to bringing joy to terminally and seriously ill children by making their fondest wish come true. The charity has helped over five thousand children since it was started 25 years ago, granting wishes as diverse as going to Disney World, meeting a favourite celebrity or even something as simple as a TV or computer for a child’s bedroom.
To help Dreams Come True with its invaluable work and bring joy to even more children, the Printware team is taking on its toughest challenge yet. Aiming to raise an impressive £3000, The Wrong Way Ramblers will be climbing each of the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 gruelling hours.
Taking part in the challenge for Printware will be Leon Windsor, Chris Brown, Tiffany Gaskell, Nicola Griffin, Rob Gray and Andy Leighton. Some of the team (we won’t tell you which) are the wrong side of 40, so spare a thought for their aching knees as we take a closer look at what they’ll be up against.
Starting with Ben Nevis at midday, The Ramblers will scale its 4409ft (1344m) summit before setting off on the six hour drive to Scafell Pike in Cumbria at around 5pm. Scafell Pike is the smallest of the three peaks but boasts a 990 metre ascent, which the team will have to tackle in the dark, finishing at around 3am. Finally, a five hour drive down to North-West Wales sees the team arrive at Snowdon around 8am.
Despite its size (1085m), Snowdon is considered the easiest of the three as the ascent starts well above sea level. This means that there are only 723 metres of ascent, compared with 1352m on Ben Nevis – welcome news for tired legs.
Each of these climbs is tough enough on their own but taking them on one after the other would test even the most hardened climbers. As if the climbing itself wasn’t enough, The Ramblers will be battling sleep deprivation, which will make the going that much harder. Climbing Britain’s highest peaks in the dark and with little or no sleep will take a great deal of character and mental, as well as physical toughness.
Dreams Come True is a fantastic charity that we’ve been delighted to support in the past and The Wrong Way Ramblers will be well and truly putting themselves through the mill to bring some magic into the lives of some seriously ill children. We’ll all be digging deep to help them reach their goal and it would be great if you could also spare some of your hard-earned for a great cause.
If you’d like to help, please visit the team’s donation page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/wrongwayramblers.
by Anthony Morgan