Date: 21st June, 2018
On Thursday 28th June a team of corporate staff from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service are taking on the infamous Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon with the aim to complete their mission within 24 hours. The team is made up of nine walkers and three support staff.
Four of the team are members of Weymouth’s new gym, Zone Fitness, and have been using state of the art equipment to assist their training for the mountainous challenge and on the 22nd June, the team will be there from 4pm – 6pm doing a fundraising event.
Team Captain Vikki Thomas said “Our aim for this fundraiser is to climb 3408 meters on the Alpine Climbers which is the total height of the three mountains. We’re attempting this as a personal challenge but also to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity which supports fire service personnel, their families and volunteers. We spoke to Zone and asked if they would be able to help us with some fundraising and they were really happy to help. They have two Alpine Climbers which are great training for mountain walking as they raise to a 30% elevation”.
If you are in the area, please pop in and show your support. If you can’t make it down to the gym on the 22nd they would welcome your support on their Virgin Money Giving page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TeamSurvival
For the last 25 years a team of firefighters from Salisbury have been organising two Three Peaks event a year, but this will be their last, giving even more poignancy to this event as it’s the 50th and final fire service organised event.
Vikki said: “We’ve had training walks as a team but it’s been hard to get us all together with busy family lives so we’ve all been doing our own personal training as well. It’s hard to replicate the kind of walking we’ll be doing, we’re lucky living on the Dorset coast as we have quite a few big hills to get our legs burning but there really isn’t anyway to prepare for three mountains in 24 hours, so we’re all working on our general fitness and on conditioning our legs, so it’s great having Zone to help push us.”
Kirsty van Deurs Goss, Zone Fitness’ Customer Experience Manager says, “Working with the local community, especially the emergency services, is something close to our hearts & it is a way we can express our appreciation for them & the amazing jobs they do. The charity is such a great cause, helping & enhancing the quality of lives for serving & retired fire service personnel & their families.”