DAREDEVIL staff at Stratford Leisure Centre have been testing their head for heights in aid of Dementia.
The team of eight staff members raised more than £1,430 after successfully climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, one after the other, in an impressive 24-hours.
The group begun by climbing 1,345 metre high Ben Nevis in Scotland at 10pm on Thursday July 20. This was followed by a five-hour overnight drive to Scaffell Pike in Cumbria, climbing 978 metres to the summit at sunrise on Friday July 21.
The group then made the four-hour journey to North Wales before climbing to the 1,085 metre summit of Mount Snowdon in the afternoon.
Everyone Active, Stratford District Council’s leisure operator, selected Dementia UK as its corporate charity in 2022, setting a national fundraising goal of £50,000. Everyone Active has so far raised more than £26,000 nationally.
Everyone Active spokesperson Toni Gaskins, who took part in the challenge, said: “Tackling the National Three Peaks Challenge in support of Dementia UK has been an incredibly meaningful journey for all of us. Dementia is a cause that resonates deeply with our team at Everyone Active, and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have supported us through their donations.
“While there is currently no known cure for Dementia and no guaranteed method of prevention, research suggests that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular physical activity, may play an important role in protecting against the onset of the condition or delaying its progression.
“We hope to raise awareness about the positive impact of an active lifestyle on individuals and families affected by Dementia and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause.”
The cash raised from this challenge will aid Dementia UK in their vital work, providing support to those living with dementia and their families through specialist dementia nurses, helplines, and invaluable resources.