Friday 13 April 2012

Map, Compass And Kit Bag

Inspiring to hear that a group of intrepid mental health NHS staff from Cardiff and the Vale have kindly decided to raise money for Hafal by taking on the Three Peaks Challenge on 11 May – the same day that service users, carers and professionals will be scaling Pen y Fan, all as part of the Movin’ On Up campaign.

The Three Peaks challenge involves climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales namely Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scaffell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) all within 24 hours - a phenomenal 27 miles and 3000m of ascent.

Alison Carpenter from the Three Peaks team tells us: "The Three Peaks Challenge entails the added trials of sleeping on a minibus, coping with unpredictable weather/traffic conditions, cooking al fresco and trying to get along with work colleagues whilst spending 24 exhausting hours in each others’ company!

"We decided to raise money for Hafal because the organisation provides incredible opportunities for people to embrace their lives. Pardon the pun but organisations such as Hafal provide those who have experienced mental health difficulties with a kind of 'map, compass and kit bag' which provide direction and purpose; the end goal being a retrieval of health and wellbeing."

The Three Peaks climbers – Alison, Sam Brown, Rhiannon Davies, Maria Coombes, Justin Williams, Anthony Coombes, Steven Ford, Paul Emmerson, Julie Crutcher, Darren Stevens – have set up a JustGiving page for people who would like to sponsor their challenge. Go to their link here and pledge your support!