Embracing wholeheartedly the spirit of charity and undeterred by the searing hot weather, staff from a local estate agents' completed a gruelling double-header of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the Burnley 10km on consecutive days.
Gluttons for punishments in the name of good causes, staff from Petty Estate Agents undertook the mammoth task as part of Petty’s Corporate Challenge in aid of Pendleside Hospice, which sees businesses compete to raise money for the hospice over a four month period from June 1st to September 30th.
On Saturday July 14th, eight Petty employees scaled Yorkshire's three highest peaks - Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough - in just over 10 hours despite the exceptionally hot weather, with the 24-mile trek involving a knee-busting 5,200ft-worth of ascent.
"It was certainly one of the toughest three peaks I’ve been involved in so it made the effort by the Petty team even more remarkable," said Ian Bythell, Residential Director at Petty’s and veteran Three Peaks walker.
Then, with less than 24 hours to recover from their vertical exploits, two members of the team - Ian himself and Jo Applegate - took to a horizontal endeavour, tackling the Burnley 10km and completing it in just over one hour.
“This is such a great initiative by the hospice and we’re really proud to represent our patch as the area’s only chosen Relocation Agent Local Experts," said Ian of the corporate challenge. "We’ve already done quite a few events as part of the challenge and have many more lined up including a charity night at The Fence Gate, but I’m hoping none are going to be as tough as this weekend!”
Christina Cope, from Pendleside Hospice, added: “We’re really grateful to have had a number of prominent local businesses like Petty’s taking part in the challenge and getting so much commitment from all their members of staff. This has been a great effort from Petty’s and its fundraising events like these that allow us to continue the work the hospice does in helping people living with a life-limiting illness.”