A cohort of councillors will take on a gruelling challenge at the end of July 2019 as they attempt to summit the UK’s three highest mountains within 24 hours.
To raise money for the We Love MCR Charity and homelessness charity Big Change, some of Manchester City Council’s most senior politicians and management, including Sir Richard Leese and Cllr Carl Ollerhead will take on the Three Peaks Challenge.
In their bid to climb Scotland’s Ben Nevis, England’s Scafell Pike and Wales’ Snowdon, the 21 strong climbing team will be shuttled hundreds of miles between the peaks by fellow councillors and volunteer staff.
We Love MCR Charity is working to support communities and individuals in Manchester to succeed, whatever challenges they may face. And, Big Change Manchester continues to support people who have been homeless into new accommodation, jobs and a better life.
The fundraising councillors are hoping to raise at least £10,000 for the two chosen Manchester Charities.
Leaving Manchester at midday on Friday July 26, the walkers will begin a 325 mile journey to the Scottish Highlands, ready to take on Ben Nevis.
The challenge itself will begin at 5pm on Saturday July 27 with the walkers ascending Ben Nevis in the early evening before travelling through the night to the challenges’ second peak, in the Lake District.
Starting the climb of Scafell Pike at dawn on the 28th will give the team the best possible chance of completing the two remaining mountains in daylight.
During the challenge the team will drive more than 400 miles in total between the peaks, and will have ascended more than 3,000m on the three mountains.
Cllr Carl Ollerhead, who is leading the expedition, said: “This is going to be a tough challenge but we have experienced walkers on the team, and a fantastic support crew that will shuttle us between the peaks.
“We’ve chosen to raise money for two charities which mean a lot to the people of Manchester. We Love MCR Charity is working to make our city a fairer, cleaner, friendlier place, and Big Change Manchester works everyday to help homeless people into a better life.
“We can’t think of two groups that are more deserving of your generosity.”
Ged Carter, We Love MCR Charity Development Manager, said: “There are a few nerves with the challenge so close, but you can feel the sense of excitement spreading across the team. It’s so easy to forget that a simple donation to a charity like We Love MCR can change a person or a community’s life. By sponsoring us on this journey you’re helping us make a difference to Mancunians every day.”
To donate please follow this link to the MCC Cliffhangers fundraising page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/MCCCliffhangers
Cllr Carl Ollerhead - Executive Member for Finance & Human Resources
Ged Carter - We Love MCR Charity Development Manager
Cllr Richard Leese - Council Leader
Cllr Garry Bridges - Executive Member for Schools & Children’s Services
Cllr Bev Craig - Executive Member for Adult Health & Wellbeing
Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar - Executive Member for Neighbourhoods
Cllr Eve Holt
Cllr Nigel Murphy - Deputy Leader
Cllr Suzanne Richards - Executive Member for Housing & Regeneration
Cllr John Hacking