Thursday 7 January 2010


Three friends joined forces to take on a notoriously tough climbing challenge raising just over £2,500 for children’s charities.

Andrew Harmer, Scott Taylor and Matthew Hall, from Nottingham, had all experienced a personal loss which led to their decision to take on the charity trek.

The trio committed themselves to climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - the three highest mountains in UK – all in under 24 hours raising funds for the LAMBS Appeal and the Meningitis Trust.

After months of gruelling training, the three men completed the challenge in 23 hours and 25 minutes.

Andrew, who was given a generous donation from his former employer, Nottingham Volkswagen, raised £1,028 for the LAMBS Appeal which provides memory boxes for parents who lost their babies in the early stages of pregnancy.

Set up by two midwifes who are based at the Queen Medical Centre Hospital; the LAMBS Appeal provides an unique service for parents who tragically experience the loss of their child before 24 weeks.

Scott and Matthew successfully raised £1500 for the Meningitis Trust.

Andrew, said: “We put a lot of effort into training for the day but it was still extremely tough, definitely the most physically demanding thing any of us have ever done.

“Crossing the finish line was an exhilarating feeling and we would like to thank everyone especially Nottingham Volkswagen for supporting us so generously.”

Declan Oglesby of Nottingham Volkswagen added: “We were happy to support Andrew, he may not be a member of staff but he is still a familiar face and well liked individual. We are pleased to have helped his fund raising efforts.”

The trio started the challenge at Ben Nevis in Scotland, taking two hours 45 minutes to climb the 1,344 metres to its summit and two hours to descend. They travelled to 978 metre Scafell Pike in the Lake District, which took them two hours 45 minutes to climb and one hour 15 minutes to descend. Finally, they climbed 1,085 metre Snowdon in Wales, taking them two hours and a further one hour 15 minutes to descend.

For further information contact Sue Foster 01902 714957 / 07850 274 889 or email

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