A staggering £22,000 has been raised for two Manchester charities after a group of Manchester councillors and council officers successfully completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge.
Battling through extreme weather, injury and exhaustion, the group of 21 climbers made it through the challenge, with seven managing to complete all three peaks - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - within 24 hours.
After setting a low initial fundraising target, it has been increased to £17,500 which has again been surpassed by a significant margin.
The total currently stands at £22,000. When donations close this sum will be split evenly between the We Love MCR Charity and Big Change Manchester.
Councillor Carl Ollerhead Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, who led the expedition completed the challenge in spite of carrying two injuries when climbing Scafell, reflected on what had been achieved. He said: “There were a lot of highs and there were a good few lows. Climbing Scafell at 5am in the dark, in the wet and then getting injuries, that was when I asked myself was it all worth it.
“But, we had come so far and the amount of money that was ticking up by the hour meant that we had to keep going. During the times when you had nothing left in the tank, it was the camaraderie of the group which lifted you back up, and kept you putting one foot in front of the other.”
Members of the Three Peaks walking team.
Ged Carter, We Love MCR Charity development manager, who led one of the walking groups and led on logistics for the event, said: “We Love MCR Charity holds a special place in people’s hearts. We’re here to make our city a fairer, safer, cleaner, friendlier place for all Mancunians. Anyone who wants to support us can reach us through www.welovemcrcharity.org.
“To see the amount of money donated has made every mile, every blister and every stiff joint worth it.”
Donations can still be made by searching Virgin Money Giving website for 'Carl Ollerhead' or by following this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/MCCCliffhangers.
Councillors Luthfur Rahman and Angeliki Stogia cheering on the walkers.