‘I just thought about the money’ – Hartlepool store worker braves gales to reach England’s highest peak for charity

Stephen Rowsby who climbed Scafell Pike for Sports Relief
Stephen Rowsby who climbed Scafell Pike for Sports Relief

A DEDICATED supermarket worker swapped the store for Scafell Pike as he faced brutal weather conditions to complete a charity climb.

Stephen Rowsby, checkout team leader at the Sainsbury’s Middle Warren Store, was one of 24 members of staff from supermarket’s across the north of England who set out on the climb.

With gale force winds and driving rain many of the climbers were unable to make it to the top but 22-year-old Stephen dug deep and reached the peak of the 3,200ft mountain in Cumbria.

His efforts raised £300 for Sport Relief and was added to the money raised in the Sainsbury’s store, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, bringing the total to £1,000.

Motivated Stephen, who lives in Trimdon and has worked at the store for more than four years, said: “It was tough and the weather wasn’t kind to us at all but it was just a case of getting our heads down and battling on.

“The wind and rain was awful at times but I just thought about the money I was helping to raise for the charity.”

Thanks to his efforts Stephen was awarded a certificate from Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King.

He added: “I was pleased to raise £300 but my colleagues and our customers also played a part helping us to raise a fantastic total of £1,000. We were delighted with that.”