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Barry's 'Peaky Climbers' to tackle Three Peaks


Emergency service crews from Barry are preparing to tackle the Welsh Three Peaks challenge next month.

Firefighters, paramedics and coastguards from the town are among those aiming to climb Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen-y-Fan in less than fifteen hours.

The group, known as the 'Peaky Climbers', will be setting off on Wednesday 15th September.

They're hoping to raise over £6,000 for three charities - Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan, TASC (the Ambulance Staff Charity) and the Firefighters Charity.

So far this year, they've already conquered the National Three Peaks Challenge - taking in the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland - within 24 hours.

An exercise bike challenge at Asda in Barry helped them to reach a total of over £4,200 so far.

Mark Potter, crew manager at Barry fire station, said: ''We are proud to be taking on another challenge to fundraise for our three chosen charities, as all three causes are very close to our hearts as they provide essential treatment, care and support to both emergency services and our communities.''

''If you’re able to support us, please visit and share our fundraising page.''

The Fire Fighters Charity and TASC provide vital support and treatment for fire service and ambulance staff, who sustain physical injuries and mental health issues in the line of work.

Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan are based in Barry. They are affiliated with the UK-wide Mind charity, but dedicated to helping people on a more local level.

Every member of the Peaky Climbers team have loved ones and colleagues who have been affected by mental health issues in their lifetime, with the charities providing support, treatment and guidance.

Most of the team work together within the Barry Emergency Services station on Port Road West, while others are based in Penarth, Cardiff and Monmouth.

If you wish to donate, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.

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