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Tackling The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

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Coutts staff raised £81,000 in a fundraising trek for our new Charity of the Year.

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Nearly 100 Coutts staff took part in the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the first major fundraising event for Coram – our Charity of the Year. They far exceeded expectations, raising £81,000 to help improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable children and young people.

The 25-mile cross country trek took them across the three highest peaks in Yorkshire; Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent, which form part of the Pennine range and encircle the head of the River Ribble valley. The group, which included Alison Rose, CEO Commercial and Private Banking RBS and Peter Flavel, CEO Coutts, endured 5,200 feet of ascent in some of the most beautiful and isolated countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Every one of the 98 walkers completed the challenge, including one who was taken off the mountains for safety reasons and returned the next morning to climb the final peak.

“Their efforts will provide a valuable boost for Coram, a charity founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a philanthropist who wanted to provide care for the abandoned children on London’s streets”

Their efforts will provide a valuable boost for Coram, a charity founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a philanthropist who wanted to provide care for the abandoned children on London’s streets. Its early pioneering work attracted prestigious patrons, including the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The money raised by Coutts will help Coram continue its work, which includes finding adoptive families, helping children understand the risks of drugs and alcohol, upholding the rights of those in care, and giving isolated young people a roof over their heads.

During the challenge the walkers were split into groups of 10, with each being joined by a local guide. There was a big difference in ages and ability with the fastest group completing the trek in eight and a half hours and the slowest taking up to five hours longer. Jon Munday, Risk Appetite Analyst and one of the organisers, says: “The group was made up of individuals of varying degrees of fitness. Generally speaking everyone found it tougher than they were expecting, even the fittest in the group.” 

“The three highest peaks in Yorkshire are big mountains and to underestimate the challenge would be foolish. It’s very steep in a number of places, very isolated and there are several sheer drops. Anyone who is not up for a challenge or doesn’t like heights would find it very tough.”

Having set an initial target of £60,000, the walkers were thrilled to comfortably beat the target. Along with further support from RBS and the addition of Gift Aid, Coram will receive over £81,000 from the challenge.

Beyond fundraising, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge was a chance for Coutts staff to get to know each other outside of the office. The event followed a similar one last year at Lake Coniston in Cumbria. On that occasion they took part in a range of events including a 14-mile run around the lake, a hike to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston and a canoe race. Many staff are keen to continue the series of outdoor events that raise money for good causes – so watch this space.

 

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Key Takeaways

Staff raised £81,000 in the first major fundraising event for Coram, our new Charity of the Year. The money was raised in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and will be used by the charity in its work to support vulnerable children and young people.

Coram, The UK's Oldest Children's Charity

Coutts staff have chosen Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity as their new partner. The charity, which was founded in 1739, supported over 1 million children and young people last year with direct and practical help as well as emotional support.

Discover more about Coram