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Support the Sykes Cottages Team in the Three Peaks Challenge

Friday, May 10th, 2013
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In only 26 days a hearty team of walkers from Sykes Cottages HQ will be heading into deepest darkest Yorkshire to tackle the local Three Peaks Challenge. This is no walk in the park, it’s an epic 25 mile hike that will take the walkers over three towering peaks in the Pennine range, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Obviously this challenge isn’t for the feint of heart and the team has been training hard for the past month in order to get themselves fighting fit.

Pen-Y-Ghent

Pen-Y-Ghent looms in the distance. Via. Flickr

The Sykes Cottages team aren’t just doing this for the personal challenge, however. The eleven strong team are hoping to raise a boat load of money for two worthwhile charities, Claire House and the Children Today Charitable Trust. To this end, a donation page has been set up so that friends, family, colleagues, and Sykes Cottages customers can make a donation and cheer the team along. Any amount that can be spared will be greatly appreciated, and as the saying goes, every penny counts!

 

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these hearty souls from the completion of their mission and all of us who remain back at HQ will be cheering them on from afar.

If you would like to make a donation head over to the donation page to pledge whatever you can spare. Together we can make a difference and raise some much needed funds for these great charities.

Sykes Cottages Fundraises For Comic Relief!

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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Sykes Cottages have been getting well and truly into the spirit of Comic Relief by fundraising for this fantastic cause. Here at Sykes Cottages HQ we have been raising money for this worthy cause and so far we have raised more than £120 and counting!

For the past two days we have been holding an ever popular bake sale here at Sykes Cottages HQ, with donations to the sale including some fantastic homemade custard slices, a decadent chocolate cherry gateau and a delicious tea loaf. There are plenty of hints, tips and guides available on the Comic Relief website if you fancy holding a bake sale of your own.

Do something funny for money for Comic Relief

Do something funny for money for Comic Relief

As you may already be aware, pop sensation Jessie J will be shaving her head on Red Nose Day. Throughout the office we have been taking part in the Comic Relief sweepstake which asks you to guess which wild and wacky hair style  Jessie J will choose as her favourite on Red Nose Day. If you fancy having a go at this at your workplace you can download the poster here.

The Sykes Cottages Comic Relief Bake Sale 2013

The Sykes Cottages Comic Relief Bake Sale 2013

We have also been raising money with our very own sweepstake by guessing the date and weight of a pregnant colleague’s immanent new arrival. Our mum to be is very pleased that her unborn baby is already raising money for charity!

Some of our keen bakers

Some of our keen bakers

If our fundraising efforts have inspired you to raise money for Comic Relief there is still time to get involved before Red Nose Day, next Friday 15th March. You can visit the Comic Relief website where there are lots of ideas on how you can ‘do something funny for money’ this year.

So what will you and your friends be doing for Red Nose Day? Why don’t you tell us what you have planned on our Facebook page?

Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

The Three Peaks Challenge, Take Two!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Three weeks ago ten intrepid Sykes Cottages staff set out on a quest to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge – to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland, and Wales in a 24 hour period. Unfortunately, the team was thwarted by the worst weather the UK has seen in years, including wind, cold, and rain of biblical proportions. Rather than accept this disappointment, tomorrow three courageous men will set out on a bid to complete their intended mission. They will be triumphant in their Three Peaks Challenge!

View from Mount Snowdon

via. missmeyli on Flickr

The first attempt was a long and gruelling one and the second one promises to be no less so. The team does, however, intend to learn from any and all mistakes made in the past – including carrying less gear and avoiding taking any wrong turns at the top of a mountain.

The major differences in this weekend’s attempt will be the smaller team and the decision to climb the mountain in the reverse order, beginning with Mount Snowdon in Wales, then travelling to Scafell Pike in the Lake District, before making the final push to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

The team are still taking donations on their fundraising page and any and all contributions will be gratefully accepted. All of the money will go to support two wonderful local charities, Claire House and Children Today Charitable Trust.

All of us here at Sykes Cottages are wishing Tom, Simon, and Anthony the very best of luck and we look forward to hearing more stories of action and adventure on Monday morning. Second time’s the charm!

The Three Peaks Challenge Update!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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As you may have read last week, ten of Sykes Cottages staff embarked on a massive challenge last Friday morning, the Three Peaks Challenge! The Three Peaks Challenge means walking up and down the highest peaks of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales, against the clock, in just twenty four hours.

Sykes Cottages staff take on the Three Peaks Challenge

Sykes Cottages staff take on the Three Peaks Challenge


The walkers included Simon Taylor, Peter Weir, Clive Sykes, Michelle Lawton, Tom Lowes, Anthony Challinor-Cole, Richard Bond, Simon Pospisil and Adam Ratcliffe. The group aimed to raise £5000 for Claire House and Children Today by completing the walk. To help with the fundraising, last week saw staff at Sykes Cottages head office in Chester holding a bake sale and wearing their slippers to work.

The walkers left Sykes Cottages offices in Chester last Thursday morning to drive up to Ben Nevis, ready to start the challenge on Friday morning. They started the walk on Friday morning just after 8am, eager to start the challenge and full of energy, ready to face what lied ahead. The team managed to reach the summit of Ben Nevis in fantastic time and by the time they were back at the bus they were more than an hour ahead of schedule. Feeling pleased with the start that they had made, they set off on the six hour long journey to the Lake District for the second part of the walk.

Battling the elements on the Three Peaks Chalenge

Battling the elements on the Three Peaks Chalenge


Unfortunately, the good luck was not to continue! The journey from Scotland to Scafell Pike was long and slow with awful driving conditions. They were even caught up in a traffic accident, where two cars collided and one of them ended up in a ditch on its roof. Luckily, all involved were unhurt and the three peaks team continued on their way.

They reached Scafell Pike in fading light and began the walk. They reached the summit without too much trouble but on the way back down the mountain they ended up lost in thick fog and in the pitch black of the night. Fortunately, they managed to eventually get down off the mountain and on their way to Wales for the last part of the challenge but not without losing more than three hours of their already tight timescale.

In the end the team completed the three peaks challenge in twenty seven hours. The ten strong group have all come back with lots of funny stories and memories that will stay with them for many years to come. They are also already planning their next challenge so watch this space!

Well done to all of the Sykes Cottages team for such fantastic effort! If you would like to sponsor the Sykes Cottages team, please visit our fundraising page where donations are still pouring in.

Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Sykes Cottages Staff Face The Three Peaks Challenge!

Friday, June 29th, 2012
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This morning ten members of staff from Sykes Cottages set off on a big challenge: to walk the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, all in just twenty four hours, to raise money for Claire House and Children Today. The Three Peaks Challenge means climbing against the clock to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland, followed by Scafell Pike in the Lake District and finally Snowdon in Wales. That means approximately thirteen hours of walking and eleven hours of driving!

The walkers include Simon Taylor, Peter Weir, Clive Sykes, Michelle Lawton, Tom Lowes, Anthony Challinor-Cole, Richard Bond, Simon Pospisil and Adam Ratcliffe. Some of the team have been keen walkers for some time, like Tom Lowes who has attempted the challenge twice before. He is hoping that this time he will be able to complete it within the twenty four hour deadline. Michelle Lawton, the only female in the group, has been taking training seriously. She has been working hard in the gym and walking in Snowdonia at the weekends to get ready for the gruelling three peaks. Company founder, Clive Sykes is also part of the team who hope to raise £5000 for children’s charities by completing the challenge.

The team left the Sykes Cottages office in Chester on Thursday morning to head to Scotland where they stayed overnight near to Ben Nevis in Scotland. They started walking at 8am this morning and hope to be finished before 8am on Saturday. So far, they have completed the climb and descent of Ben Nevis. They are currently on route to Scafell Pike for the second climb of the challenge an hour ahead of schedule!

This week, Sykes Cottages staff have raised over £220 for the charity total by holding a three day long bake sale, wearing slippers to work and taking part in a sweepstake to guess how long the challenge will take the ten strong team.

The Sykes Cottages colleagues are raising money for two charities, Claire House, a children’s hospice on the Wirral and Children Today who support disabled children by providing them with the specialised equipment that they need. So far, the total raised stands at £3263 with generous donations from family, friends and colleagues still flooding in. To sponsor the team please visit our fundraising page.

Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.