A GROUP of exhausted but elated Hartlepool contract workers raised thousands of pounds for a children’s cancer charity when they conquered the UK’s three highest mountains.
Proud Poolie David Turnbull, 41, and a team of colleagues who work for Hartlepool firm CBL Cable Contractors, completed the three peaks challenge.
It saw them scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Mount Snowdon in Wales - all in just 24 hours.
Their arduous efforts raised £3,800 for the national children’s cancer charity Ben’s Heroes.
David was joined by a team of five colleagues currently working on Ministry of Defence projects in Portsmouth.
They were Jason Buttery, 41, of Burbank, Hartlepool, Jason Lorimer, 25, from the Fens, Kevin Whitehead, 28, from Wingate, and 23-year-old Wayne Fisher, from Middlesbrough.
Roland Woodward, 56, from the town centre of Hartlepool, drove the team 462 miles to each mountain in only 11 hours allowed.
David, a married dad of three, of Wingate, said: “It was a brilliant experience. It was a lot, lot harder than people think it is.
“Someone likened it to three walks but it’s certainly not.”
The team posed with one of the Mail’s Proud to be a Poolie Poster on top of each conquered summit.
Ben’s Heroes was founded last year by the family of tragic school boy Ben Loyns who died of cancer.
Ben’s dad Simon is the boss of the BAE Systems site in Portsmouth where David and the lads are working.
David, a cable installation supervisor, added: “I said I would be interested in doing the three peaks as I do a bit of walking anyway.
“I then talked a few other people into doing it.
“We are going to do it again next May and it is going to be an annual event.”
Ben’s Heroes helps children access potentially lifesaving treatments not available on the NHS.
The team thanked CBL, of Usworth Road, Hartlepool, for providing the transport and T-shirts for the challenge, as well as everyone who sponsored them.
Team member Jason Buttery raised more money for charity when he joined thousands of runners in the Great North Run on Sunday.
His efforts raised an impressive £1,200 for Hartlepool charity the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.