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Three Peaks Conquered for Wildlife!

Photo caption: Phil Hills, Jenny Stuart and Gary Lewis at the summit of Ben Nevis, (by Cornwall Wildlife Trust)

Three members of staff from leading local wildlife charity Cornwall Wildlife Trust completed the Three Peaks Challenge in early July. This involved climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for the Trust and for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. A pedometer recorded them taking over 80,000 steps to successfully scale Ben Nevis (4409ft), Scafell Pike 3209ft) and finally Snowdon (3560ft) on consecutive days.

The team consisted of Phil Hills and Jenny Stuart, both of whom work for Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC) which is the trading arm of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and Gary Lewis who is the Manager of the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) which collates and manages all the biological data for the county both for species and habitats.

They faced gruelling challenges along the way; hiking up Ben Nevis on the hottest day of the year, followed by wind and rain, a tortuous stomach bug, aching knees and nasty chaffing! However, the team supported each other so well they overcame all these obstacles and successfully completed the challenge to raise vital funds for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity.

Phil Hills, Consultancy Manager for Cornwall Environmental Consultants says,

“It was hard work but actually quite good fun! The views were simply stunning. We’re delighted to have raised over £1,200 so far for such worthy causes. CEC supports Cornwall Wildlife Trust by donating all its profits to the organisation but helping out in other ways is hugely appreciated by the charity. Everyone at CEC thought it was a great idea for Jenny and I to take part in this challenge and raise more funds for the Trust to continue its work protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.”      

Gary Lewis, Manager of ERCCIS says,

 “I had the idea to do this earlier in the year and felt it was achievable to do it over three consecutive days. We were lucky with the weather for both Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike and had great views. I wanted to support Crohn’s and Colitis UK as my daughter has Crohn’s disease and has had a lot of support from the Charity.”

The team did the challenge to raise money for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Crohn’s and Colitis UK and are still welcoming donations to these two great causes. They team have two Just Giving pages:

For CWT http://www.justgiving/Phil-Hills1

For Crohn’s and Colitis UK http://www.justgiving/Phil-Hills2

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