Staff from the company’s different departments and friends will scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales, all within 24 hours!
Sixteen people in all will drive from Forres to Fort William on 28 September, where they will grab a few hours’ sleep, before starting the ascent of Ben Nevis at 6am on Saturday.
After descending 1345m Ben Nevis, the team will be transferred by minibus to Scafell Pike (978m) and thereafter to Snowdon (1085m) for a night-time climb with the aim of completing the challenge by 6am on Sunday morning.
Ambition to aim high
Technical Director Campbell MacLennan and Project Manager Stuart Engelmann have been planning the adventure for a number of months.
Campbell said, “The idea has developed from a few of us walking a local Munro to a group of 17 completing the national Three Peaks Challenge. It’s typical of the people within the company to be ambitious and aim high. There has been a fair bit of researching and organising a challenge for this number of people and we are grateful to the company who have covered the cost of the Friday night accommodation, minibus and fuel. However, now the training starts!”
Stuart added, “The team combines varying levels of hiking experience and abilities, and also a range of ages with the youngest being 11 and the eldest in his sixties, so we will all have to support and encourage each other along the way”.
Team AES Solar will start the challenge on Friday 28 September and there are sure to be a few sore legs in the office on Monday morning.
They are aiming to raise a total of £2,000 for the charity.
A charity close to our heart
In the past and also very recently some members of our staff here at AES Solar have had family and friends directly affected by heart and circulatory conditions like heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors like diabetes. For this reason, we have chosen this cause to not only remember those that we’ve lost but also to thank the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for their outstanding work and support that they carry out to this day.
For over 50 years the BHF has pioneered research that has transformed the lives of millions of people living with heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide and is the UK’s single biggest killer. Shockingly, more than one in four people in the UK die from heart and circulatory diseases, so anything you can spare for this important cause will have an impact.
You can donate through Just Giving website, and don’t forget if you’re a UK taxpayer be sure to check the Gift Aid box so that the BHF will receive an additional 25p for every £1 you donate (at no extra cost to you).
Together, we can beat the heartbreak these conditions cause.
Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aes-solar
Participants so far are: Campbell MacLennan, Jordan Steele, Stuart Engelmann, Grant and Judy Feasey, Keith Esson, Cameron Duncan, Tristan and Amy Wolfe, Peter Wilson, Johnny McPherson, Glen Kennedy, Peter Fyffe (senior), Gavin Glascodine, Reuben, Josh King.