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A team of twelve from Barclays had planned to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks in June to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, but have had to cancel their plans due to the escalation of Covid-19. Using their imaginations, they have decided to continue with their challenge, but will be climbing the 24 miles using their stairs instead.
“We were really conscious that with everything that is going on there might be social distancing, or lockdown still in place, so we came together and thought, what can we still do?”, says Loren Charlton, Business Development Director at Barclays and Ambassador of Chestnut Tree House. “We still wanted to do the same height, but at home. So, we thought, let’s do it using our stairs!”
Loren and the team will be virtually climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in the comfort of their own homes on Friday 1 May 2020. “I’ve worked it out and I will have to climb my stairs about 530 times in a day” said Loren.
When they planned to trek the Yorkshire Three Peaks in June, the team were looking forward to clear blue skies, superb views and a nice meal at the end. But this new challenge has left the team feeling slightly apprehensive, “I think the stairs will be much harder than the original challenge, purely because of the boredom,” said Loren. “We won’t have any camaraderie, you don’t have the pint and the party at the end to look forward to, you don’t have the views. All we have is some stairs to go up and down.
“Even physically I think it will be harder, with the actual Three Peaks you have flat ground and your legs can have a break, but we won’t have any of that.
“Due to the escalation of Covid-19, a lot of events have been postponed or cancelled. Chestnut Tree House needs your help more than ever during this difficult time. A lot of traditional fundraising methods may not be possible at the moment, but the only real barrier to raising money is your own imagination!
“We are supporting Chestnut Tree House because they are an incredible charity. I have been there and seen the work that the staff do and the difference they make to the lives of the children and young people they support. They are incredible.”
The team are all staff at Barclays, who offer employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by ‘matching’ the money they raise up to £1000. To support the group on their virtual three peaks challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/loren-charlton1