25 March 2022

Linley and Simpson is proud to announce that our staff are aiming to hit new heights in our latest challenge to raise funds for Martin House Children's Hospice. The 12-strong team are taking part in the National Three Peaks Challenge, where participants aim to conquer the summits of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

Linley and Simpson is proud to announce that our staff are aiming to hit new heights in our latest challenge to raise funds for Martin House Children's Hospice.

The 12-strong team are taking part in the National Three Peaks Challenge, where participants aim to conquer the summits of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

The challenge forms the centrepiece of Linley & Simpson's pledge to raise £25,000 for Martin House in honour of our 25th anniversary year.

The dozen daredevils feature our founders, Will Linley and Nick Simpson, as well as staff from our Head Office and branch network across Yorkshire, including Aydin Arslan, Helen Carter, Martin Elliott, Kerry Ferguson, Emma Field, Kathryn Miller, Lauren Sayles, Greg Smallwood, Mark Willetts and Alex Woodhouse.

They will begin with an evening climb of the 1,345m-high Ben Nevis in Scotland, before travelling to the Lake District as dawn rises to conquer the 978m summit of Scafell Pike – the tallest in England.

The footsore fund-raisers will then face another race against time to drive to Wales for the final stage, which means scaling the 1,085m summit of Snowdon in the early afternoon.

To hit the 24-hour target, they have set themselves a timescale of between 4hrs 30mins and 5hrs 30mins to complete each climb. The overall walking distance is around 23 miles and the driving distance between the three countries is 462 miles. The total ascent is more than 3,400 metres – around the height of 800 double-decker buses – and is double the scale of the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, comprising Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough,

Since we launched its charity partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice six years ago, our big-hearted team across 21 branches have raised more than £100,000.

Our Chairman, Will Linley, said: “This represents, by far, the most exciting yet daunting challenge we have set ourselves in our company’s history.

“Martin House has been a key partner on our journey and we are thrilled to support its amazing team once again, in this our 25th anniversary year.

“Its inspirational work touches the lives of all of us, and will spur us on every step on the climb to ensure we safely summit all three peaks within 24 hours – traffic hold-ups and any diversions permitting.”

The team will be waved off from Martin House at dawn on Monday June 27 and will return the following day. It will be guided throughout by mountain leaders from Kuta Outdoors, a West Yorkshire-based specialist in UK-wide hiking and outdoor team-building events.

Abigail Proctor, partnerships manager at Martin House, said: “The team at Linley & Simpson have taken on some incredible challenges to raise money for Martin House, but this must be the biggest yet. We’re so proud to have their support, which makes a real difference to the families we care for, and we wish them the best of luck with their challenge.”

Each member of Team Linley & Simpson has pledged to raise £1,000 or more in aid of Martin House through their own individual JustGiving pages, which can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/team/TeamLinleyandSimpson.

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