Roskill is pleased to announce its successful completion of the UK National Three Peaks Challenge—conquering the three highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) in one day. In doing so, Team Roskill exceeded their fundraising target of £3000 for Friends of Mufulira—a charity that works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those living in Mufulira, a Copperbelt town in Zambia.
You may have seen brief updates on twitter as Team Roskill conquered each peak. In total, they tackled 23 miles (37km) of trekking and 3,064m (10,052ft) of climbing, completing the challenge within the new 25.5 hour safety guidelines, despite a 2 traffic hour delay and detour through the Glen Coe valley.
The weather was kind (very kind), the mosquitoes were plentiful—which may have nudged the group to go even faster to get away from them—and the views were spectacular. Team Roskill were very lucky to complete each mountain without a single drop of rain, not something that was expected after torrential downpours the night before the challenge. Some of the challenge was undertaken in darkness with the Team greeted by a glorious Welsh sunrise on the final ascent of Snowdon.
The Friends of Mufulira charity’s main goal is to promote health and education for the people of Mufulira, through fundraising for medical and school supplies and through visits and exchanges to fully understand the needs of the community. Every year, 2 or 3 trainee NHS doctors attend the Ronald Ross General hospital in Mufulira as part of the MMTA’s Medical Elective programme. The charity’s aim is to continue to build on this programme and, in future, offer an exchange where Zambian Nurses and Doctors can travel to the UK for study.
Team Roskill would like to thank all of their supporters and are already planning their next fundraising adventure.