24-hour Three Peaks Challenge raises £2,500 for charities

Dean Cartwright (left) and Andy Gray
Dean Cartwright (left) and Andy Gray

A GRUELLING charity trek up the three highest peaks in Britain in the space of 24-hours has helped raise £2,500 for two good causes.

Dean Cartwright and Andy Gray, who both work for the Street League football charity based at the Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre, in Hartlepool, organised the challenge.

They were joined by four others as the six strong group climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, in just 24-hours.

A total of £2,500 was raised which has been split between a motor neurons disease charity and the Hartlepool Branch of Parkinsons UK.

Dean, 44, Street League’s Tees Valley operations manager, said: “This was an idea by Andy to raise money for charities that are very close to our hearts as each of us has a family member that are suffering from one of these illnesses.

“It was very difficult and we did Ben Nevis first, which was the toughest one for me. We had four seasons during the climb and descent with wind, sun, freezing temperatures and fog.

“It was good fun though and while it was tough, it was well worth doing to raise money for two good causes.”