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As part of Restores charity drive two of our teams completed two gruelling 26 mile treks. One team headed to the peaks of the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland, and the other taking on Surrey's three peaks, each within 24 hours. We have already managed to raise over £1,300 for charitable causes, a fantastic achievement.

Our team from Manchester were walking in aid of the Factory Youth Zone who offer opportunities and activities for young people in the area, while our Redhill team were walking for Surrey Care Trust. We are delighted to be supporting such vital causes and would like to thank all those who raised the cash as well as taking their own time to help; and of course a massive thank you to those who donated their money.

Below are a selection of photographs and some feedback from the brave trekkers themselves;

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“Second year running the knees came out (as did the dog) for a fantastic trek across some beautiful countryside. Exceptionally well organised, we only went off track once, much to the annoyance of Mr May who decided to take up the mantle of chief map reader. We did the full 26 miles, while the dog probably did 36 and seemed ready to go again the following day :-) Great day, great cause.

Steve Beardsall - Team Redhill

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"We set off on Saturday at 10.00 with supplies of high energy foods (pork pies and ham sandwiches). First port of call was Ben Nevis with the walkers getting 'into the zone' (or waterproofs as they are commonly known). It was then straight into the minibus for the next sprint South to Scafell Pike (sprint being a slight exaggeration as the minibus was limited to 62 mph). Arrival at Scafell Pike meant a frantic change of clothes in the minibus and off up the mountain in the dark. This leg wasn’t helped by the fact the first obstacle on the trail map was a shallow ford – which turned out to be a 2ft deep stream – over the height of walking boots, ensuring cold and wet feet for the start of the ascent! The guys soldiered on and arrived back down having experienced sunrise high in the Cumbrian hills. The final leg kicked off with a drive through the lake district and down the M6 to Snowdon. Heavy rain welcomed the start of the walk but by now nothing was going to stop them. Walking off into the clouds they needed to complete this one in just 5 hours. With 15 minutes to spare the intrepid walkers returned in one piece (Lewis and Andy came bounding down the hill as if they’d just nipped to the corner shop). Three Peaks challenge completed!"

Martin Harrison – Team Manchester

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"Great Day had by all…mad to do it for a 2nd year running but the views were stunning! Hard work from mile 22 but an amazing sense of achievement when we reached the 26 mile mark.

Sophie Constable – Team Redhill

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We are still welcoming donations however large or small, with the Redhill team currently £100 ahead (which team Manchester aren't best pleased about!).

To help the Manchester team catch up and support The Factory Youth Zone click here. Alternatively to help the Redhill team and Surrey Care Trust click here.

A very special thanks goes out to the those who made it all happen;

From Manchester: Stephen Birchall, Craig Grime, Andy Bailey, Lewis Jepson and Martin Harrison.

From Redhill: Steve Beardsall, Sophie Constable, Gary May and Jacqui Nun

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