New heights scaled as Council charity walkers raise £25k for Manchester charities

Stephanie Moore of Big Change, Ged Carter of We Love MCR Charity and Cllr Carl Ollerhead.

Tens of thousands of pounds has been donated to two incredibly worthy Manchester Charities following a council expedition earlier this year to scale England, Scotland and Wales’ three highest peaks.

In July a team of councillors and council officers - calling themselves the MCC Cliffhangers -  set off on the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, attempting to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in the space of 24 hours.

In spite of some inclement weather en route, traffic jams and a fair share of sore and blistered feet the majority of the walking team managed to complete the challenge within 24-25 hours.

More importantly, a huge amount of money was raised by the trekkers in support of two incredibly valued Manchester charities - Big Change Manchester, and We Love MCR Charity.

Following months of fundraising the final total raised by the group stands at an incredible £25,939.88. A cheque was presented to representatives for the two charities at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday November 27.

This money will be split between Big Change and We Love MCR Charity.

Councillor Carl Ollerhead, Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, and who led the Cliffhangers group, said: “To see the amount of money that has been raised is testament to the incredible spirit of generosity of the people of Manchester. We take care of our own here and I’m so proud to have been just one part of this incredible challenge.”

Stephanie Moore, board member for Big Change Manchester, said: “Big Change is the Manchester charity here to support Manchester people. Whether it is helping someone get together a deposit for a flat, to an outfit to wear for an interview, a huge difference is being made thanks to the public’s generosity. This generous donation will go a long way to helping us pull people out of homelessness, and into a better life.”

Ged Carter, We Love MCR Charity Development Manager, said: "I am beyond proud to have been part of the group which took on this incredibly tough challenge. The money raised for We Love MCR Charity will go a huge way to supporting the young people of Manchester to achieve the potential we all know they have. I'd like to thank everyone who took part in this challenge, and especially give thanks to the people who made a donation. You really have made a huge difference."

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