Some of our very brave members of staff from Cardiff confronted scorching temperatures as they embarked on the iconic National Three Peaks Challenge.
The challenge saw the four-strong team of National Events Manager, Ian Simpson, Urgent Care Attendant, Helen Gwilliam, Youth Development Officer, Stacey Ainscow, and Patient Transport Attendant, Deborah Picton, scaled the three highest peaks across Britain – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis located in Wales, England and Scotland respectively - to raise vital funds for Wales’ leading first aid charity - St John Cymru.
Ian said: “This is, without doubt, the toughest challenge I have ever undertaken.”
The team trained rigorously - organising practice walks up Pen y Fan, Sugar Loaf, Table Mountain and Fan Fawr, in preparation for the challenge.
The warm weather proved an added challenge for the group who had to carry extra litres of water and supplies such as sun cream to avoid heat exhaustion and sunburn.
Helen Gwilliam said: “I'm thrilled I had the opportunity to have undertaken this amazing challenge.
“While the three peaks has been on my bucket list for a while, I’m not sure I could have anticipated just how hot it would be. It definitely added more challenges into the mix,” she added.
Ian said: “Everyone showed fantastic physical and mental endurance.”
“It’s an amazing and slightly surreal experience throwing snow balls and making snow angels at the summit of Ben Nevis, in 30 degree heat,” said Ian.
“It was absolutely amazing to have stood at the summit of Snowdon with Helen, Stacey and Deb, at the end of the challenge and take in just exactly what we had achieved,” he added.
In total, the team have raised £1,324.37 which will be donated to us and help us continue to provide first aid training and medical event cover across Wales.
Well done team!