Barry Fire and Rescue Station are set to take part in a grueling “National 3 Peaks Challenge” on June 17th for Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan along with the Firefighters Charity and Tasc Ambulance.
The challenge involves scaling the three tallest mountains within their countries in the UK; Ben Nevis in Scotland, England’s Scafell Pike and Wales’s own, Mount Snowdon, a total of 3064 metres, or 23 miles worth of incline combined.
As if that wasn’t a big enough task by itself, the team at Barry Fire and Rescue are hoping to do the 3 Peak Challenge in just 24 hours. Two groups of six climbers will traverse 462 miles of British roads between the mountains as the firefighters complete their charitable endeavour.
Barry Fire and Rescue are completing the challenge in aid of Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan, an independent mental health charity who affiliate to Mind National, and the Firefighters Charity and Tasc Ambulance.
The team has raised £165 in donations so far, 5% of their £3,000 target. In a statement on their Virgin Money Giving page, Barry Fire and Rescue Station explained their motives for the challenge, saying:
“We are completing the challenge in aid of three charities, two of them are the Firefighters Charity and Tasc Ambulance Charity. Both of these charities work tirelessly to provide vital treatment, support and care for their respective Services, for the Firefighters and Ambulance Crew whom sustain work-related physical injuries and mental health issues whilst they are working on the frontline, thus helping to keep them in work and supporting these workforce communities.
“Our third chosen charity is a local one, based in Barry, Mind In The Vale of Glamorgan, who are affiliated to Mind, but are dedicated to the people in our community. All of the team have colleagues, family and friends that have been impacted by mental health issues, and they are also extremely aware of these issues that are endured by the people we serve in our community, especially in these times. Mind in the Vale Of Glamorgan provides a vital service, to people experiencing mental health issues, caring and supporting them with treatment and guidance enabling them to recover and achieve their goals and ambitions in life.”
You can find out more about Barry Fire and Rescue’s challenge and donate to them on their Virgin Money Giving page, here.