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Success for Three Peak Challenge explorers

Three Peak Challenge success for Sally and Olivia...
On Friday 27 September, Sally Webb and Olivia Hills set off to take on the infamous Three Peak Challenge in aid of Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA). The challenge is to climb the three largest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales. In total their combined height is the same as one third the height of Mount Everest!!
Over the last few months Sally and Olivia have been tirelessly training and fundraising in preparation for the trip. They initially set themselves a fundraising target of £1,500 but to date they've raised over £2,100 - completely smashing their first goal. Family and friends, as well as local businesses and the general public have rallied round to help them on their way. The Gloucestershire Independent Network (G.I.N) group invited the girls to present their challenge to one of their business breakfast meetings to encourage local companies to get behind them. Having charmed the group, the girls added an additional £300 to their fundraising total - a very fruitful breakfast you might say.
So, the girls set off in the wee hours of Saturday morning, adrenaline pumping, they were ready for the challenge. They joined a group of six other climbers, guides, first-aiders and transport support. The challenge was on. First on the list was Ben Nevis - the tallest of the three. Despite the tricky ground underfoot and steep climbs the group trium
phantly made it to the top. With just a quick pit-stop to take photos and admire the view, it was back down again to make their way to Scafell Pike.
Scafell Pike was completed in the dark and thankfully it being the shortest of the three, meant the group weren't out for too long. It was then a quick whizz down the motorway and into Wales to attempt their final peak, Snowdon. After another successful climb, the group made it safely back to the Pen-y-Pass car park where they were greeted by family and friends. It was certainly a challenge, with both Sally and Olivia commenting
on how much harder it was then they'd expected. But thanks to the support of the group, crew and family and friends they did their best and made it back to tell the tale.
Taking on this challenge has been an enormous feat for both ladies. Both have lived with deafness from a young age and have already overcome so many hurdles. However, their determination, enthusiasm and spirit is what's really excelled them on this occasion. Gemma Sills, Fundraiser for GDA said "Everyone at GDA is so proud of what Sally and Olivia have achieved. They've inspired, not just everyone here, but people outside of the organisation too. It's been a joy to work with them in helping them prepare and I know that this experience will stay with them for a very long time and will have a hugely positive impact on their future endeavours"
BBC Radio Gloucestershire interview Sally and Olivia before they set off on their adventure. You can read the transcript from their interview by clicking here. You can also view photos from their journey by visiting GDA's Flickr page.
All that's left to say is many congratulations to Sally and Olivia on their fabulous achievement - you've done yourselves proud!!
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