On Bank Holiday weekend (May 29th and 30th) a team of nine TGA Employees tackled extreme weather and sickness to climb the highest peaks in England and Wales in aid of The Jennifer Trust.
Led by Paul Britton and Geoff Turkentine (Geoff tragically lost his son to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) the condition The Jennifer Trust is fighting against), the TGA team managed to reach the summit of 3,560 ft high Snowdon and 3,206 ft Scarfell Pike in just over 24 hours. Unfortunately due to illness of a team member and a severe weather warning from a snow covered Ben Nevis, the ascent team were not allowed to complete the final climb however the fund raising total of 2,000 had already been achieved.
Tim Ross, UK National Sales Manager commented, "These last few days have been quite extraordinary. However much training and planning we had completed before this challenge, nothing prepared us for Paul's sickness, the lack of sleep and the torrid, torrential rain. Not only is Snowdon notoriously the hardest peak to scale in the UK, but we also decided to take one of the most difficult paths up the mountainside. The disassembled TGA Eclipse car boot scooter we decided to carry and assemble at the top made this even harder. We then camped at the foot of Scarfell Pike and in the early hours began the second ascent, which proved slightly easier than the first. Obviously we were very disappointed that the third climb was cancelled, however we all feel a real sense of satisfaction for what we have achieved both in terms of dealing with adversity and reaching our 2,000 target."
The ascent team will present the 2,000 cheque to The Jennifer Trust next month at TGA's Sudbury showroom.