Leitz Tooling Three Peaks Challenge raises over £5,000 for children’s’ charities
3rd August 2015
In July, an intrepid team from Leitz Tooling UK completed the epic Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £5,000 for two children’s charities: Action Medical Research, which is dedicated to improving the health of babies and children through research, and Haven House Children’s Hospice, which provides a range of support to life-limited children and their families to support them through the most difficult circumstances imaginable.
On one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, Team Leitz (Brian Maddox, Tony Kumm and Dave McCann, supported by Dave Jepson and UK managing director Simon Liddell) made their way to Fort William in Scotland to start their 24 hour climb of the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. The hike and climb of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon mountain totalled more than 23 miles over 11,000 feet.
Brian Maddox, Leitz Tooling sales manager said, “It’s been a very tough challenge – the training alone was ridiculous. On the day, Ben Nevis was by far the hardest with high winds, sleet and torrential rain making the climb very difficult.” Tony Kumm said, “It’s all about the kids; that’s why we’re doing this insane thing. The actual climb was physically and mentally draining, but that was nothing compared to what the children and families that these charities work with go through on a daily basis, and it’s our privilege to help”.
In support of the brilliant effort of their staff, Leitz Tooling ran a prize draw to win £750 worth of tooling from Leitz, with all proceeds going to the charities. Mr Dean Morgan from joinery manufacturer P D Morgan in Wales held the winning ticket and was chosen on 30th July at Leitz Tooling’s head office in Harlow by Ms Natalie Chevin of Haven House Children’s Hospice.
Haven House (www.havenhouse.org) provides a range of support to life-limited children and their families to support them through the most difficult circumstances imaginable. This includes planned respite, short break and end-of-life care, as well as services designed to improve emotional and physical wellbeing.
Natalie said, “They are amazing. The Three Peaks Challenge is one of the toughest and Leitz Tooling has done brilliantly. What we do at Haven House doesn’t happen elsewhere and the fundraising efforts Leitz has gone to is really appreciated by our team and the families we help.”
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