THE family of a Uttoxeter woman tragically killed in a house fire have raised more than £85,000 for the charities which battled to save her life.
The Three Peaks for Lisa challenge has reached the mammoth total after the family and friends of mother-of-two Lisa Oldham climbed the three highest mountains in the UK in just 24 hours in support of the charities.
This was helped by a £15,000 donation from The Power Industrial Group, of which PJD Engineering, set up by Lisa’s father Peter Douglas, is part of.
The cheque was handed over to the group at the Castle Donnington head office.
The money will be split between the Dove Valley Community First Responders, the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.
The Three Peaks for Lisa challenge was set up by Mr Douglas, along with his son Glyn, and saw the group walk more than 26 miles and ascending over 9,800 feet in the process.
Initially, they wanted to raise £5,000 for each organisation but their efforts have been so successful that they well exceeded their original target.
Lisa’s husband Richard said: “The amount we have raised is amazing.
“I’d like to thank everyone who donated, especially PJD.”
Glyn said of the challenge: “Taking on the Three Peaks Challenge was an incredible test – both mentally and physically.
“But Lisa’s memory kept us going through the pain barrier and completing the challenge in under 24 hours was quite an achievement.
“We climbed through all kinds of conditions. At the base of the mountains it would be warm, but at the top there was snow. We seemed to go through all four seasons in the space of a day.
“But the aching limbs and swollen feet were all worth it.
“And after taking part himself, Peter, 61, has become a record-holder for the challenge.
“After we’d finished, the organisers told us that he had achieved the fastest time for the oldest registered competitor.”