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Three Peaks for Bestobell

14 members of staff from Bestobell Valves, Conflow and parent company, President Engineering Group (PEGL) are preparing to take part in a national Three Peaks Challenge, with a practice climb taking place at the three Yorkshire Peaks this weekend (Sun 8th June).

The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. It is frequently used to raise money for charitable organisations. Walkers climb each peak in turn, and are driven from the foot of one mountain to the next. The three peaks are:
• Ben Nevis (1,344 m or 4,409 ft), the highest mountain in Scotland
• Scafell Pike (978 m or 3,209 ft), the highest mountain in England
• Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (1,085 m or 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales

The total distance walked is estimated at 42 kilometres (26 mi) or 44 km (27 mi), with a total ascent of 9,800 feet (3,000 m).

President Engineering Group is raising money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, a cause that has been supported by PEGL for many years and is close to the hearts of its employees. The company’s national Three Peaks Challenge, for which it is seeking sponsorship, will take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June, starting at Ben Nevis, then Scafell Pike and finally Snowdon in Wales.

The team will begin the three Yorkshire Peaks challenge; climbing Whenside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent on the morning of 8th June, which they will finish by the end of the day. The team has already completed a number of practice climbs in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Peak District to prepare for the national challenge.

Marie Cooper, finance director and Frances Crosland, commercial manager, will drive the team between the different locations, with the minibus donated for the tour by AFP Van Hire & Sales of Sheffield.

John Waddington, Operations Director of PEGL, said: “We are delighted that so many of our staff are taking part in this challenge. They have had a great start to their fundraising efforts and are aiming to beat their target of £2,500 for Weston Park Cancer Charity. This is certainly a tough challenge and taking part in the climb this weekend in the Yorkshire Dales will be great preparation for the national three peaks challenge at the end of June.”

The PEGL team will be clearly identifiable by their T-shirts featuring the PEGL and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity branding.

PEGL has undertaken many charitable activities in the past, raising hundreds of pounds for a variety of causes. It’s Great Pie and Peas Up, held at the company’s head office in March raised £290 for St. Luke’s Hospice.

The Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity supports The Weston Park Hospital, which is one of only four specialist cancer hospitals in the UK. The charity funds cancer research, treatment and care.

For information on The Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity please visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk

For more information on the Three Peaks Challenge visit www.thethreepeakschallenge.co.uk/national-three-peaks-challenge To donate please visit PEGL’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/peglthreepeaks

2 June 2014

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