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Clarke Gammon Wellers employees battle gale force winds and driving rain to complete the 3 Peaks Challenge and raise £8,000 for charity

A brave and resilient team of seven, including five Clarke Gammon Wellers employees, recently battled against the elements to complete the infamous 3 Peaks Challenge, raising, so far, a staggering £8,000 for wildlife charity, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

The 3 Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon and all within the space of 24 hours.

When the team embarked on the gruelling challenge the sun was shining and hopes were high. However, upon reaching the top of Ben Nevis their luck turned and the forces of nature kicked in. Despite the tough conditions the team completed the challenge in 23 hours and 37 minutes.

“The conditions really were terrible,” says Tony Jamieson, senior partner at Clarke Gammon Wellers, “We faced 80mph winds on top of all of the three mountains which was particularly tough, but because of this the sense of achievement when we completed the challenge was even bigger and we’re so pleased and thankful to everyone who supported us and helped raise much-needed funds for such a brilliant charity.”

As well as celebrating this fantastic achievement both the Guildford based estate agent and the wildlife charity are this year celebrating milestone anniversaries; 95 years for Clarke Gammon Wellers and 30 years for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Tony comments, “We’re honoured to be supporting a charity, which does such fantastic work and it’s great that we can coincide this fundraising effort with important anniversaries for both of us!”

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation funds a variety of key projects in Africa and Asia, which help save critically endangered wild animals including elephants, tigers and rhinos.

Some of the fantastic achievements of these projects include uncovering ivory cartels in Zambia, launching TigerTime which aims to stop the illegal trade in tiger parts and setting up Zambia’s first elephant orphanage which rescues, rehabilitates and then releases the innocent victims of ivory poaching.

Marianne Watts, from the charity, comments, "We are delighted by the fundraising efforts of the 3 Peaks Challenge team and so grateful for this generous donation to the David Shepherd Wildlife Fund. The money will hugely help to ensure that the valuable work of this charity can continue and that we can carry on helping to prevent the extinction of endangered animals. 100% of the funds raised by the team will be going to our fantastic elephant projects in Africa."

For further information about Clarke Gammon Wellers contact 01483 880900, alternatively visit the website: www.clarkegammon.co.uk

For further information about the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation contact 01483 272323 or visit their website: http://www.davidshepherd.org.