29 April 2014
Legal team aims high for peak performance
An eight-strong team from Buckinghamshire law firm B P Collins will be swapping smart suits for walking boots in June as it tackles the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Age UK Bucks.
Aiming high: the B P Collins team with Paul Lowery (top) and Age UK Bucks fundraiser Riah Wilkinson (pink top) getting ready for action.
Led by keen walking enthusiast Paul Lowery, who is partner and leader of the wills, trusts and probate group, they hope to put sore feet and blisters to one side and raise well over £1,000 for the charity.
“We know it will be incredibly strenuous and I will be amazed if we manage all three peaks in just 24 hours, but just to climb all of them will be a great achievement and we’re up for the challenge,” said Paul.
“As supporters of Age UK Bucks, we know they work very hard to help older people throughout the county and we think that a little discomfort for such a good cause will be more than worth the effort.”
Giulia Johnson, chief executive of Age UK Bucks, said: "We are really impressed with the challenge that B P Collins is taking on to raise money for us, and very grateful too. With recent and ongoing cuts in grants and funding, it is becoming more difficult to maintain the services we offer to help older people locally, and every penny really does count."
The idea of the Three Peaks Challenge is to scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, the highest of the peaks at 1,344 metres, Scafell Pike in England’s Lake District at 978 metres, and Snowdon in Wales, at 1,085 metres – all within 24 hours.
Paul and his colleagues – Nick Hallchurch, partner in the litigation and dispute resolution team; associate Simon Carroll; facilities manager Krisztina Foster; Dan Johnson, financial controller; and trainee solicitors Rebecca Mitchell and Tom Bird – will start their climb up Ben Nevis at 4pm on 7 June.
If all goes according to plan, they will be back by 11pm, driving to Scafell Pike for a 5am start and a four-hour climb, followed by a further four or five-hour stint up and down Snowdon. Keeping them on track will be team driver David Foster.
To find out more or to support the team, please visit http://www.make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/team-bpc.