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Published on 03 June 2011 11:00 AM

Five South Wales women have braved sub-zero temperatures, gale force winds, snow, hailstones, driving rain, exhaustion and a 1,200 mile journey to raise £2,000 for Age Cymru.

Charlotte Brown, Lucy Goodridge, Emma Rolfe, Charlie Fletcher and Caroline Woodham – who work together at Hugh James solicitors in Cardiff, completed the Three Peaks Challenge over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The friends climbed the tallest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and raised over £2,000 for Age Cymru.

Says Charlotte:

“We all decided one day to do something physically challenging that would push us to our limits and the Three Peaks Challenge certainly did that.

“All in all, we climbed 3.4 steep, uphill kilometers in treacherous weather conditions.

“We had to put up with gale force winds, temperatures of minus 15, blizzards, hailstones, thick fog and driving rain.

“It was tough going at times, but we’re a determined bunch so we just bit the bullet and trudged on.”

Lucy says:

“We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved and we couldn’t have done it without Charlie’s dad, Peter, who kindly drove us all the way up to Scotland and back.

“We’d also like to thank all the friends, family members and colleagues who sponsored us and gave us the encouragement to take on and finish this challenge.”

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1085m).

The peaks are climbed one after the other and the only time the competitors have to rest is the journey between the locations.

Charlotte, Lucy, Emma, Charlie and Caroline raised a total of £2,095.02 for Age Cymru.

Meryl Randell-Jones, our Head of Marketing and Communications says:

“Age Cymru would like to say a big ‘Well done’ to Charlotte, Lucy, Emma, Charlie and Caroline – they’ve done themselves proud.

“The girls have shown grit and determination to finish what was already a tough challenge that was made so much harder by the poor weather conditions.”  

“We’re very grateful that they’ve gone through so much to raise money for us so that we can continue our vital work.”

Charlotte, Lucy, Emma, Charlie and Caroline work for the Nursing Care department at Hugh James Solicitors.

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444