Charity mountain climbers receive support

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2015

EM - Ben Nevis Challenge

We’re offering a helping hand to four women from South Northamptonshire who are preparing to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland.

We’ve donated £250 in sponsorship to the women – Sarah Owen, Laura Wilson, Anne Somerton and Liz Hart – who are planning the sponsored climb up Britain’s biggest mountain on Saturday 20th June, to raise money for Helmdon Acorns Pre-School in the village of Helmdon, near Brackley. 

They have a target of £1,500, which they hope to put towards a ‘Forest Schools’ programme to encourage outdoor play at the pre-school.

“As a registered charity, Helmdon Acorns relies upon a programme of fundraising events,” explains Sarah, who is on the volunteer management committee at the pre-school. “We focus a lot of time and effort on fundraising.

“This expedition would not be possible if it wasn’t for the fantastic support from the local community – and of course from businesses like Taylor Wimpey East Midlands.”

Nick Upex, Sales Manager for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we are building new homes, so we were only too pleased to offer our support to Helmdon Acorns Pre-School which is located just a short distance from our Earls Manor development in Brackley. We wish the team the very best of luck for their challenge!”

The four women – two staff members and two volunteer management committee members – took on Mount Snowdon in 2013 and, at 4,408 ft above sea level, Ben Nevis poses their biggest challenge to date.

“This time I wanted to challenge us just a little bit harder,” says Sarah. “I think it will take us six hours to get to the summit of Ben Nevis.”

There’s a superb selection of three, four and five-bedroom homes currently available at Earls Manor.