Having completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks last year, Team Wham decided this year to push themselves further and take on the National Three Peaks Challenge – the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales. They successfully completed the challenge in just under 25 hours, even with time lost due to M6 closures.
The team challenge was to raise funds for Derian House in Chorley. The hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to over 450 children and young people across the North West. The charity only receives 17% funding from the government, and services cost £5.7 million to run each year, so donations are greatly appreciated.
Garry Ireland, operations director at What More, commented: “I’m so proud of everyone involved. A massive thank you must go to the team members, John Clayton, Lee Morris, Matthew Hand, Sarunas Silinis, William Moat, Tomasz Bulandra, Tomas Zablackas, Lukasz Werner and Marc Barratt, who have given up their time and trained in all weathers, ensuring their fitness for the challenge, plus Lionel Simmons and Carl Hughes, who supported the team during the actual challenge. It was a very tough day, but we made it.”
Ann-Marie Fishwick, community fundraiser at Derian House, added: “We’re so thankful for the team at Wham for their tremendous challenge and for raising such a fantastic amount of money.”
Company director, Tony Grimshaw OBE, said: “This is an incredible amount and I’m so proud of all the team – we were behind them all the way. That’s over £30,000 raised in two years – really amazing. I want to know what’s next.”
If you would like to support the team, you can still donate on JustGiving – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/what-more-uk-derian-house