Charity climbers aim for the record books....12 June 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jun 12, 2003 - 12:16 PM


Fundraisers from Southern Water including Hawkinge couple Adrian Smith and Jennifer Preston
are scaling new heights to make money for WaterAid.....more

On June 14 they will join water industry staff from across the United Kingdom in an attempt to climb all 303 peaks over 3,000 feet in Britain and Ireland and enter the Guinness Book of Records.

To make it into the record books all 303 peaks must be reached between 12 noon and 2pm on the day. The challenge will be audited to ensure a world first.

More than 30 Southern Water staff are taking up the tall challenge in North Wales, following successful Scottish climbs in 1995 and 1998 which raised over £400,000.

They hope to raise over £10,000 to help fund life changing water and sanitation projects throughout Africa and Asia.

Event organiser and Southern's charity representative Neil Duncanson said: "All our teams are made up of fundraisers from climbing enthusiasts to casual walkers and will be led by qualified or experienced climbers.

"We have been delighted to get so many people responding to what will be a hard day's fundraising work."

"At the end of the climb celebratory ceilidhs will be held across Scotland and Wales to enable weary climbers to forget their throbbing blisters and aching calves and reflect on another major event for WaterAid."

To date over seven million people have benefited from WaterAid projects and two million more will have safe water and sanitation from projects planned or under way.