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Tradesmen and women tackle three peaks challenge to raise cash for builders’ charity 

A group of 17 tradesmen and women braved thunderstorms and has tackled the famous Three Peaks Challenge to help raise more than £12,000 for a national builders’ charity. 

The group tackled the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, over the weekend (June 29/30).

Their efforts have raised more than £12,000 for Band of Builders, a charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury. 

Over the course of the weekend, the 17 walkers walked a total of 26 miles and completed a total ascent of 9,800ft, battling thunder and lightning, torrential rain, wind, fog and even some snow at the top of Ben Nevis. 

They were helped by a support crew of eight volunteers who drove the team a total of 1,000 miles, provided hot meals and drinks and kept the walkers going through their challenge, all whilst dealing with their own obstacles of traffic, road closures and fog.

The cash raised through the challenge will now go towards funding a future project carried out by BoB to help a tradesman or woman facing problems caused by illness or injury. 

Martin O’Donnell, fundraising coordinator at BoB, said: “As fundraising challenges go, this was a pretty tough one. The Three Peaks isn’t an easy challenge at the best of times but at times it really did feel like the conditions were against us. But we managed it and are thrilled to have raised so much money for future BoB projects.”