10 June 2014
Lawyers climb their way to success for Age UK Bucks
Battling their way through torrential rain and mist, walking in snow and coping with temperatures of minus zero degrees, an eight-strong team from Buckinghamshire law firm B P Collins raised an astonishing £2,500 for Age UK Bucks by successfully tackling the Three Peaks Challenge.
(Photo: descending from the summit of Scafell Pike)
After a final push, almost all the team completed the challenge and a delighted (but exhausted) Simon Carroll, an associate in the Dispute Resolution team, said: “It was a huge success, with everyone pulling together to get over the line.
“We’re thrilled to have raised so much money. Age UK Bucks offers a really useful range of services that many of our clients benefit from and, because some of our lawyers work specifically within the elderly client sector, we have first-hand experiences of its work, which is why we wanted to give something to contribute to such a good cause.”
The Three Peaks Challenge sees teams scaling 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.
Leading the B P Collins group was keen walking enthusiast Paul Lowery, partner and leader of the wills, trusts and probate group, together with Nick Hallchurch, partner in the litigation and dispute resolution team; associates Simon Carroll and Matthew Crockford; Dan Johnson, financial controller; and trainee solicitors Rebecca Mitchell and Tom Bird.
From the funny bits – such Simon Hall’s jubilation at good timekeeping being tempered by the fact that the soles came off both his walking boots, to the best bits – sunrise breaking over Lake Wasdale and their first hot meal on return, Simon Carroll says they encountered plenty of highs and lows during their epic journey.
Age UK Buckinghamshire Chief Executive, Giulia Johnson, commended the team: “We would like to thank the whole B P Collins Challenge team for their amazing achievement. With recent and ongoing cuts in grants and funding, it's becoming more difficult to maintain the assistance we offer to help older people locally. The money raised will go towards helping us continue to offer these vital services.”