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Conquering Costa 3 Peaks 2018

Posted 18 July Celestra Marketing

This year the #allstar team at Celestra decided to participate once again in the Costa 3 Peaks challenge. Some team members were veterans while others it was their first time, relive their story of conquering Costa 3 Peaks 2018 below.

The Cause

During the weekend of the 30th of June 2018, the #allstars participated in the Costa Foundation’s 3 Peaks Challenge. 3 Peaks is an event in which Costa employees, suppliers and friends all come together to raise money in aid of the Costa Foundation.

The aim of the challenge is for the teams try and climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK within one weekend: Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales. The money raised is used to help coffee growing communities by building schools and developing academic and extracurricular programs that enhance health, gender equality and environmental awareness within the community. This years money will be used to build a school in Columbia. Follow the link here to find out about the foundation and the projects it has worked with previously.

The Fundraising

The team tirelessly campaigned right up to the last day by selling raffle tickets, holding bake sales, organising curry lunches, ‘pieing’ fellow team members and holding a sweepstake. So far, the team have raised nearly £3600!!

There were some great prizes that were donated and won across all competitions including an iPad and a Samsung TV through to some good old bottles of plonk and other goodies! We were blown over by the generosity of external companies that wanted to help with the cause. The winners were drawn at the base of each mountain, so congratulations to all those that won and commiserations to those who didn’t, Thank you to all the everybody who purchased some tickets.

The teams ‘Pie in the Face’ sweep stake was a particular highlight. 3 unlucky members; Sarah, Rupert and Harry, all received pies on a gloriously sunny day, much to the amusements of the whole office team that congregated outside. The guys were good sports we think you’ll agree!

The Peaks

The team have competed in the challenge a few times and each year it has thrown its own challenges and obstacles. Last year the weather was a little wetter and colder which made visibility up the slopes harder, but with this year’s glorious heatwave, staying hydrated became the must.

The peaks feeble attempts to impede the team also did not phase them. Ben Nevis for example, stands with its head in the clouds at 1,345 meters and has an average round trip hike of 6.5 hrs. It is the tallest of the 3 mountains and the first challenge. The team had to tackle it in the Saturday mornings blazing heat where the only rest bite was the snow topped peak! They conquered this peak with ease, even if they were a little tired from being up a 3am!

Then the voyage across the country began and the teams hopped back into their mini coaches to Scafell Pike in England. This was not as pleasant a trip as the one up to Fort William the day before. The team had already walked one mountain in the baking sun, they were tired and aromas were getting a little bit riper! Getting to the start line at Scafell was a challenge as the team had to travel down single-track roads as well as contending with the abundance of sightseers on their way home after a day in the sun. Scafell stands at 978 metres and is not only England’s highest mountain but arguably one of the most stunning because of its remote location and breath-taking views. The pictures below really don’t do the views justice! A full day of heat from the sun and a few aches and pains threatened to derail the team but they soldiered on. Starting at 17:30 they completed the mountain in 4 hours.

After a restless night’s sleep on the journey from England to Wales, which included a stop at a lovely service station for food at 2am, the third and final peak awaited. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and stands at 1,085 meters and forms part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks and can offer views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland. The team was obviously tired and very smelly at this point but had to keep their wits about them to stay safe. The sheer determination from all team members pulled them through as they pushed themselves and their aching bodies with defiance across the finishing line. A great sense of relief and euphoria spread among the troupe as they had well and truly smashed it! Well done again #allstars, but the question remains, is anyone up for next year’s challenge?

Thank you!

The team did exceedingly well in conquering all three peaks and everyone at Celestra is incredibly proud of their amazing accomplishment and the amount of money they raised. Well done #allstars!

The team would like to thank all the companies that provided the prizes for the competitions and to everybody that donated to the team. With these generous gifts we managed to raise a phenomenal amount that will really benefit the Foundation and all that it achieves.

If you would still like to donate to the team their funding page is still open for a few weeks, please give what you can. Please follow the link here

Celestra we take part in a number of charity events throughout the year, check out our other escapades here:

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