High hopes for climbing accountants

ACCOUNTANTS at Tait Walker swapped calculators for walking boots when they took on the Three Peaks Challenge.

Employees from across the region, including the Morpeth branch, took on the expedition as part of the company’s pledge to raise £75,000 for North East charities to mark its 75th year in business.

Completed in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, 17 members of staff and friends took part in the challenge. It wasn’t without its setbacks as the team encountered swarms of midges and some of the worst rainfall seen in decades on Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon.

They even had to change their route for safety, substituting Scafell Pike for Helvellyn in the Lake District.

Associate Simon Brown said: “The three peaks was an experience which none of us will forget in a hurry. We put in a considerable amount of training, but none of us realised the full scale of the challenge until we saw the weather conditions we were going to have to contend with.

“At the foot of Mount Snowdon we could see people being air lifted off the top, which didn’t help with the nerves.

“Despite the lack of sleep, soaking wet clothes and general feelings of exhaustion, the team helped each other through and I think everyone can genuinely say that they really enjoyed the experience and have lots of happy memories to take away with them.”

More than £15,000 has been raised so far and the total amount collected from all the events has now passed £70,000.

Visit www.taitwalker.co.uk/celebrating-75-years for more information on upcoming events and Just Giving pages to make a donation.