23 August, 2019
STAFF at Utility Alliance recently took on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.
Help for Heroes is a British charity set up to provide lifelong support to Service Personnel and Military Veterans with injuries, illnesses and wounds sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.
The six man squad consisting of a mix of Utility Alliance’s Facilities and IT department’s, set off last Friday on their venture up to the Scottish Highlands.
The lads arrived at base camp in Fort William late Friday night where they set up camp before taking on their challenge the following day.
After eight hours of walking in wind, rain, hailstone, sleet, brief sunshine, and with their heads firmly in the clouds, they reached the top of the 4,413ft mountain.
Jason Appleton, Data Management Analyst at Utility Alliance said: “It is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!
“It honestly seemed to be never ending, the wind, sleet and hailstone made it even tougher.
“However the views at the top were breathtaking, and it was all 100% worth it because of the money we’ve raised for such a great cause.”
Dave Abernathy, Head of Facilities at Utility Alliance added: “It was cold, wet but a really great day for everyone.
“Help for Heroes is a charity close to the team’s heart, from family connections to the work they do supporting our Armed Forces.
“We had Mike, a serving member of the RAF with us on the hike, who didn’t break a sweat all day, which really got on the lad’s nerves!
“Colin’s daughter joined us on the summit descent, to meet up with Mike her husband and say Hi to Dad. It was an amazing experience for everyone and brought the team together.
“I’m sure Dave didn’t get washed all weekend as he forgot his towel. Thanks to UA for supporting us and Help the Heroes to achieve our sponsorship target, Everest next on the list!”
As a whole they have raised over £1000 for an amazing charity.
Well done lads, everyone at Utility Alliance applauds you.