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Three Peaks Challenge – twice over

A 10-strong funeral sector team took part in the Three Peaks Challenge for the second time in June – but this occasion had an added twist, with several team members scaling all three peaks twice in 48 hours.

The challenge usually involves climbing the three highest mountains in each of England, Wales and Scotland (Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis respectively) within 24-hours. However, this time round doing it once just didn't seem enough.

“We felt we needed to push the bar a little this year, so we are doing the three peaks and then some of us are going back straight away and doing them again,” explained team member Bob Tomes of Colourful Coffins, before the gruelling feat.

“It would appear that this has not actually been done before or attempted and I suspect there may be a good reason for it! But we do like a challenge.”

Bob called on members of the funeral profession to sponsor the team for charity. “Last year, the overall figure that we raised for the Air Ambulance was £20,000, so a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us,” he said.

"This year, the team are collecting for two different charities – Derian House, a children’s hospice in Chorley, Lancashire and The Anthony Nolan Trust, which saves lives through stem cell research and matching donors to those in need.”

This year’s team of 10 includes coffin manufacturers, funeral directors and staff from Colourful Coffins, as well as two drivers.

There are two Just Giving pages set up for the charities. To contribute, go to: www.justgiving.com/saif2013dh and www.justgiving.com/saif2013an

PHOTO ABOVE: Last year's successful team

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