Reaching the heights for charity

Staff and volunteers from Hartlepool Mind after completing the Three Peaks Challenge

Staff and volunteers from Hartlepool Mind after completing the Three Peaks Challenge

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A GROUP of intrepid workers and volunteers at a struggling charity boosted their cause thanks to a high-rise challenge.

Staff and volunteers from Hartlepool Mind took part in the national Three Peaks Challenge and raised more than £2,000 for the mental health charity after tackling Mount Snowdon, in Wales, Scafell Pike, in the Lake District and Ben Nevis, in Scotland.

Over the course of the challenge, the group drove to all three peaks, walked 26 miles and climbed a total of 9,646ft, reaching all of Britain’s highest points in just 24 hours.

The mammoth challenge was carried out after the Hartlepool Mail reported that Mind has been struggling after funding was severely cut.

This has resulted in some vital services that many people in Hartlepool rely on being discontinued.

Last year alone, the charity saw more than 1,500 people experiencing mental ill health.

Claire Newton, a rapid response counsellor with the charity, said: “No challenge like this is ever undertaken without the motive of raising funds and we were no different.

“But we also did it to practice what we preach.

“Our advice to people when they come to see us is often to get some exercise, set some goals, stretch themselves physically and mentally and to be more pro-active in trying to alter their life circumstances.”

There is still time to sponsor the group by visiting www.justgiving.com/Hartlepool-Mind