Paul McHugh, Three Peaks Challenge

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A Barclays Bank employee described how he in a party of 15 walked 26 miles involving a 3000m vertical ascent to raise funds for The Sick Children’s Trust when he addressed the latest meeting of Dover Rotary Club.

Paul McHugh, who was introduced by President Dave Smith, a personal friend, told us he had been an employee of the bank for four years and said the employees of the bank were encouraged to engage in “Citizenship Days” when they engaged in fundraising or service activities for the benefit of the community and the bank match-funded any sums raised so that when fundraising was undertaken the total was doubled with the contribution from the bank.

Within that scheme his party embarked upon the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the Trust which was established in 1982 by two paediatric specialists from Great Ormond Street Hospital with the aim of providing free accommodation for families of children being given specialist treatment in hospital. Units of accommodation are owned by the Trust across the country and the Trust supports 146 families every night.

Paul indicated that the challenge began with the scaling of Ben Nevis at 1344m which took from 0800 to 1430 on Day 1 before ascending Scafell Pike at 978m between 2200 and 0400, taking them into Day 2 where they then ascended Snowdon at 1085m in very severe weather conditions. While the aim is to achieve the objective within 24 hours, due to a navigational error en route the exercise took 28 hours, but with the matching funding some £15,505.35 was raised to be presented to the CEO of the SCT in Cambridge, Rotarians from our Club having donated £250 to the total.

The cheque for our donation was presented to Paul by President Dave Smith.