Motivated by the desire to support five worthy charities 31 Openfield staff will this May take on the National Peaks Challenge.
The team will climbBen Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Spurred on by little more than a cup of tea, a chocolate bar and a bacon butty the team hope to raise an impressive sum for some dearly held causes.
Openfield head of supply chain Sarah Bell who helped to organise the activity says, the desire to support several charities with which the team have a close connection, will see them endure the mental and physical strains of a weekend spent climbing up mountains and sleeping in minibuses.
Although not Everest,it is no small feat and there is considerable organisation involved in climbing three mountains separated by significant distances in as close to 24 hours as possible. We will be heavily reliant on each other, and our support team to succeed, she says.
The challenge of climbing the three highest peaks in the British Isles will involve back-to-back climbing and traveling, eating and sleeping on the move, and dealing with tiredness, blisters, and, of course, the weather.
The desire to succeed is strong and we have all put in a lot of training in preparation. We also have several experienced walkers among the group, whose experience will be in great demand. Just as importantly, we also have some good storytellers to sustain our spirits, she added.
Open field has chosen to support five charities all of which hold a special significance to members of the team. The selected good causes are:
The East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme. A local charity that cares for those involved in an emergency situation before they are taken to hospital. Volunteer off-duty doctors regularly attend life threatening situations, and deliver care to increase survival chances for victims. The scheme relies entirely on donations and volunteers;
Great Ormond Street Hospital. Probably the best-known children’s hospital in the UK. For a great many families, GOSH is the reason they have a family;
Little People UK. A specialist charity providing help and support for those suffering a restricted growth condition. Co-founded by the actor Warwick Davis and his wife Samantha, Little People has become an essential resource for the social, medical and financial needs of the little people community in the UK;
East Anglia Children’s Hospice, now part of the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, provides care for children affected by life-shortening health problems and supports their parents through the difficulties associated with such conditions;
Cancer Research UK. Almost all of us will know someone whose life has been affected by cancer. This is the biggest disease facing humanity, but without the pioneering work of Cancer Research UK and organisations like it, the impact on families around the world would be even greater.
All of us involved in some way have a personal connection with these charities, for me it is Great Ormond Street Hospital and my husband and I will forever be in its debt for saving our sons life, so we feel the need to give something back and help those who may come after us, says Sarah Bell.
Those wishing to support the Openfield Three Peaks Challenge, which takes place between 16th and 17th May can follow the links below to the respective GustGiving web page.
East MidlandsImmediate Care Scheme
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Little People UK
East Anglias Children’s Hospices
Cancer Research UK