Hiking heroes from a Birmingham-based charity have been feeling adventurous this month after completing their 10th Yorkshire ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ on 29th May.
SEWA-UK, which combines the name for a Sanskrit word meaning ‘service’ and an anagram for ‘Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All’, set up ‘Charity Through Adventure’ to encourage people to push themselves to their limits whilst also raising money for charitable causes.
A mighty 413 participants from across the UK turned up to tackle the terrain, which made for a ‘very enjoyable and memorable day’.
Satish Shah, who has lead the event for the past 10 years said: “The reason that we do this is so that the walkers achieve their objective in pushing themselves to their own physical and mental limits.
“When we encourage each others to carry on, it shows our true character. There were tears of joy with aches and pains that will become fond memories in days to come. Photos with friends will be cherished for a long time,” he added.
An impressive 133 people completed all three peaks; 109 managed to scramble up two peaks and 136 tackled one peak.
Many participants were ‘first timers’ and not seasoned hill walkers – but everyone took part to raise funds for the charity, whatever their ability.
So far, over £11,300 has been raised and more funds in the next few weeks will add to the grand total.
Satish continued: “Charity Through Adventure has, over the years, given many people opportunities for training and encouragement to enjoy hill walking. Since our first walk in 2006, many of our participants have gone on to various high altitude treks, raising funds for various charities.
“I want to thank all the participants over the years who have given immense satisfaction to all our volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers for making time for others; your contribution is greatly appreciated by all participants.”
Next year’s walk will take place on Sunday 28th May 2017.
To find out more, visit www.charitythroughadventure.co.uk