Anwyl Homes reaches new heights for Derian House Children's Hospice

Swapping safety boots for walking ones, staff from Anwyl Homes have raised over £10,000 for Derian House Children’s Hospice by taking on a Three Peaks Challenge with a difference.
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While others race to summit the highest mountains in the quickest time possible, the Anwyl team done things slightly different by tackling the highest mountain in England - Scafell Pike, three times in one day.

The Chorley-based hospice is less than three miles from Anwyl’s Lancashire headquarters in Buckshaw Village and has been chosen as their charity of the year.

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Area sales manager Amy Houlihan said: “Traditionally people have taken on the challenge of climbing the Three Peaks within 24 hours, but as part of our commitment to being greener we decided to take a more environmentally friendly approach.”

Anwyl Homes staff who raised over £10,000 for Derian House Children's Hospice by climbing Scafell PikeAnwyl Homes staff who raised over £10,000 for Derian House Children's Hospice by climbing Scafell Pike
Anwyl Homes staff who raised over £10,000 for Derian House Children's Hospice by climbing Scafell Pike

After months of training the team of 10 completed the challenge in 15 hours.

Amy added: "It was difficult both mentally and physically – the hardest thing I’ve ever done – but we were motivated by the fact that we were supporting Derian House to help families facing much worse.

"The charity does amazing work not only looking after the children who go there, but support the family, friends and siblings of the poorly children.”

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The challenge took place on June 24 during Children’s Hospice Week.

The team of 10 completed the challenge in 15 hoursThe team of 10 completed the challenge in 15 hours
The team of 10 completed the challenge in 15 hours

They scaled and descended the first peak in three hours 40 minutes, the second in four hours 15 minutes and the third in five hours.

Between them, the team walked approximately 500,000 steps, covering more than 200km.

Marketing manager Phoebe Davies said: “The second peak was tough going.

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"We had signal on the mountain so were updating the rest of the company and refreshing our JustGiving page.

"Being cheered on by our colleagues in the office and seeing the total raised rising and rising really pushed the team on. We never forgot that we were there to raise money for a truly fantastic charity."

Derian House provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 450 children and young people across the North West. They look after children and young people right up until their 26th birthday offering palliative care, respite stays, day care, holidays and end of life support.

To support Anwyl’s Three Peaks challenge in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice CLICK HERE.