Not long now until our intrepid adventurers undertake their mountainous task of scaling the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales.
Dr Nick Caddick and the team, Ross Carswell, Eddie Robinson and Simon Marlow have been out training in all weathers, readying themselves for the task ahead. Set to scale a total of 3412m, hiking up and down Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and on to Mount Snowdon in Wales in a limited time frame.
The challenge has previously been undertaken by team member, Ross Carswell who completed it in 24 hours. Therefore it was felt, with the buoyant confidence of men making plans, that it would be reasonable to aim to beat this time under the 24 hour mark. Challenge accepted!
With the challenge set and training underway, the team decided to use their efforts to raise money for The Ripple Pond. A decision we will always be grateful for. As a small but vastly growing charity, all donations are received with such gratitude and put to good use. Every penny makes a huge difference in supporting those who have often felt over looked and isolated as their lives change uncontrollably around them.
Team member Dr Nick Caddick works for the Veterans and Families Institute (VFI) and takes a keen interest in working with family members of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans. Through his work at the VFI, Nick is well aware of the gaps in service provision and support for families. Having heard about The Ripple Pond through Matt Fossey, VFI Director and The Ripple Pond Trustee, Nick suggested to the team they use their challenge to show us their support.
Donations allow us to continue to support our existing members while also enabling us to create more Ripple Pond groups around the country. Securing local support for those who might be experiencing hurt, sadness, confusion and grief (emotions that all too often accompany the life-altering physical or emotional injuries experienced by their loved one) means they can share their experiences safely in small groups and begin their own recovery.
With the charity involved and friends, families and colleagues on board, there was no turning back. Breaking in walking shoes, blisters, sun cream and raincoats have all been called for as they train steadfastly (sometimes together, sometimes separately) throughout the country. Some of the team have even been training on holiday making the most of the Cornish countryside and coastal paths!
Let us keep our fingers crossed for good weather (there are back up dates in the case of adverse conditions!), neither too hot nor too wet and clear roads for the team (for they are not permitted to speed down and across the UK’s highways). If you happen to be in the area out taking a stroll with the dog next Saturday and see our undaunted yompers, do say hello and a massive ‘WELL DONE’, perhaps even pop over to their BT MyDonate page and sponsor them…It will keep the team moving when their feet start hurting and at the same time enable someone struggling to get the support they need from us here at the Ripple Pond. Thank you so much.