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Veolia staff from Uttoxeter are to take on epic mountain climb

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

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TWO Uttoxeter residents are preparing to scale the three highest mountains in the UK with 15 of their colleagues – all in the name of charity.

Communications officer Victoria Moore, of Gardner Place, and operations supervisor Peter Dyer will be part of 17-strong Veolia Environmental Services team taking on the Three Peaks Challenge.

The team, based at Veolia in East Midlands sites in Derby, Castle Donington and Nottinghamshire, will start the epic 26.5 mile challenge on June 7 in a bid to raise vital funds for Variety, which offers positive experiences for children and young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

The charity works with families, carers and medical teams to provide practical help and specialist equipment as well as creating memorable childhood experiences.

Ms Moore said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to not only raise funds for a very worthwhile charity put a big tick next to a bucket list item.”

The challenge, which will see them reach 1,344 metres above sea level, involves the team climbing Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon in just 24 hours.

The team is attempting to walk to the top of each of these mountains and drive between them within 24 hours.

The quest starts at the base of the first mountain and finishes at the base of the third mountain.

To add to the challenge trekkers will be climbing Scafell Pike in the dark.

Matthew Spaul, general manager for the East Midlands, said: “We’re a bit of a motley crew, but by June 7 we hope to be well honed, trained athletes who will be climbing to the peaks of Ben Nevis, Scarfel Pike and Snowden all within 24 hours.

“This is a physically and mentally demanding team challenge that East Midlands staff will work together to achieve.

“This is no mean feat, which is why we’re asking for all your encouragement and support “

Anyone wanting to sponsor the team is asked to visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/VeoliaThreePeaksChallenge

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