Westcotts colleagues to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge

Next month six Westcotts colleagues will be scaling the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales to raise money for Woodside Animal Welfare Trust. The Three Peaks Challenge will see the team tackle Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland totalling a huge 37km and a total ascent of 10,052 ft in Mid-June.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust is an animal rehoming charity based on the outskirts of Plymouth, providing a large and vital safety net for vulnerable animals. As well as looking after young and healthy animals before they are adopted, the Trust has a collection of much loved resident pets that are unlikely to be adopted, such as the elderly and long-term sick. The animals include dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters etc as well as a few hand reared sheep, goats and a pot-bellied pig.

The team are aiming to raise money to be used by Woodside towards their running costs, which are high as many of the pets need veterinary attention and may be at the Sanctuary for some time as they recover.

The team is made up of Simon Lake (Chartered Financial Planner and Director), Helen Cross (Tax Manager), Sarah Crocker (Accounts Manager), Dan Harris (Financial Planning Team), Ben Watt (Trainee Accounting Technician), and Ben Absalom (Accounts Manager). The team (now boiled down to six participants) have been training hard since October with training walks each month, usually covering around 12 miles per walk around the moors.

Simon Lake, Director at Westcotts said: “The process of training for this challenge has been really positive. It’s been such great fun spending time with everyone outside of the usual office hours. We’ve been committed to making sure that all our training sessions have been inclusive for everyone, and we even had a ‘Christmas Special Walk’ in December when we all enjoyed some mulled wine and mince pies halfway around the route.

“This endeavour is a both a physical and a mental challenge, you’ve just got to keep going with whatever nature throws at you! I last completed this challenge over a decade ago, so I’m really looking forward to tackling this again with colleagues next month.”

The team of six will be tackling the challenge in June 2024. You can donate to the cause through the team’s Just Giving page.

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