Dad and friends triumph in 3 peaks challenge to raise money for disabled children and their families
Tuesday 14th May 2019
Dad of two Mark Briggs and his friends have completed the gruelling three peaks challenge in an impressive 23 hours 40 minutes last weekend to raise money for Contact.
The challenge of climbing the three highest peaks in the UK within 24 hours - Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon - was smashed by the four friends, who work at the Royal and Sun Alliance in Halifax, Yorkshire.
Mark was inspired to take on the challenge to raise money for children with disabilities and their families. Barley Rae, aged 3, has right sided Hemiplegia, a type of cerebral palsy that affects movement on one side of the body.
Mark said: "Barley struggles to do daily tasks, but she has the courage and determination of a lion. Thinking about her bravery and drive kept us all motivated throughout the climbs and ultimately helped us get over the finishing line. It was really tough, the sleep deprivation and walking through the night was particularly hard. But we pushed through and were really happy to finish and raise money for such a good cause."
Mark is well on his way to raising £1,000 to help Contact continue to provide vital support.
As part of the challenge, Barley painted three stones representing hope, courage and determination, which her dad left at the summit of each mountain. And one of the stones left at the summit of Ben Nevis, has already made its way to Cork in Ireland. The stones have information of a Facebook page - @BarleysDream - that encourages people to take the stone to another destination and share the stone's journey. Climber Martin McKenzie posted to say he had taken the Hope stone back to Cork with him and is deciding where to take it next.
With the stones, Mark hopes to increase donations to Contact as well as increase understanding of children living with a disability.
To sponsor Mark search for Mark Briggs on the Go Fund Me website or click here.