Leeds Three Peaks challenge teams raise more than £5,000
An intrepid band of climbers from Leeds Building Society’s Risk and Finance teams successfully tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise a combined £5,500 for charity.
The 27 colleagues walked 25 miles, with a combined climb of 2,153m, up the mountains of Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m).
The mutual’s Finance team raised £2,000 for Macmillan and Mind - including £690 in matched funding from Leeds Building Society.
The Risk department raised £3,500 for Candlelighters, with £1,000 matched funding from the Society.
The fundraising efforts of both the teams were supported by their colleagues back at Head Office through bake sales and sweepstakes.
“In difficult circumstances, battling injuries and horrendous weather conditions, the team pulled together and showed true grit and determination to succeed,” said Caroline Dale from the Finance team.
“A massive thanks to our support team who did an amazing job meeting us at the bottom of each peak with drinks and snacks, as well as a dry place for some of us to change soaking socks!”
Kirsty Johnson from Risk added: “Covering a distance of 25 miles in less than 12 hours whilst tackling the three highest peaks in Yorkshire was not an easy challenge.
“We are delighted to have raised £3,500 in total, and would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us and Leeds Building Society for providing matched funding.”
Notes to Editors
Please see attached, pictured, the Risk and Finance teams.
Established in 1976, Candlelighters is a children’s charity dedicated to combating childhood cancer, leukaemia and serious blood disorders. The charity supports children and families from all over Yorkshire. Each year, in Yorkshire alone, around 150 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same. There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £15.9bn (at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.