Whats On
They did it!!

Where do we start!! Wow, what a truly magnificent and inspiring weekend it was for GDA. 
Our team of seventeen brave souls set of for Scotland on Friday afternoon, ready to start their epic Three Peak Challenge in aid of GDA. The weather forecast for the weekend was looking, well, wet across all three mountains, but that didn't dampen any spirits.
The team started their challenge with the imposing Ben Nevis; the first and toughest peak they were going to tackle, on Saturday morning. Despite starting off in the rain, the cloud lifted and revealed stunning scenery as the group ascended higher. The foot-deep snow at the top was a bit of a treat, as well as challenging to walk through, but it provided much entertainment on the way down! Top tip- the quickest way to get down a mountain; slide on your bottom on the snow!
With the tallest mountain successful climbed, it was time to dry off before a seven-hour coach drive down to Yorkshire to attempt Scafell Pike - in the dark. The very uneven and rocky terrain under foot made it particularly tricky, and the strong winds at the summit made it even more precarious. Coming down the mountain brought it's own challenges too, with steep slippy rocks to contend with. There were a few falls at this point but nothing was going to stop us finishing. And so complete it they did, and onto the final mountain; Snowdon in Wales.

We'd been promised a slightly 'easier' mountain with Snowdon. We'd take the steeper Pyg track up and come down the Miners track, the longer but more gradual of the two. The rain before we arrived had made the rocks slippy and tricky to navigate. Steep steps and everyone running out of energy, made the final ascent the hardest part yet. We arrived at the summit of Snowdon in the same way we had reached the previous two summits, with thick cloud covering any view. But, we'd climbed all three mountains in 24 hours!!

With knees, feet and legs really beginning to ache now and energy levels completely zapped, we hobbled down the Railway track, a longer route but it meant not having to negotiate our way back down the rocks we'd already suffered coming up. Not the route we'd expected to take but much more sensible given the state our bodies were in at that point. The team, all seventeen of us, made it to our finish point in Llanberis where we were greeted by supporters who'd made the journey up to welcome us home. The bubbles were popped open and the celebrations began. We'd completed our challenge. It was tough; the toughest thing any of us had ever done. It pushed us to our limits. At some points, it broke us, but we always, always smiled.

Our little team was made up of all ages; men and women, all abilities, and most importantly of Deaf and hearing people. This little team of ours proved that deafness doesn't have to hold any barriers - deaf or not, you can do anything you set your mind to.

We are so incredibly proud of what this team has achieved, not just over the weekend but over the last seven months preparing for this challenge. They've gone above and beyond to make this the biggest fundraising challenge GDA has ever held. They've already broken all GDA fundraising records and the total is still rising. You can still sponsor the team by visiting their JustGiving page by clicking here.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone in the team, we salute you.   
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