8 January 2004
Action Medical Research - one of the UK's leading health charities - is seeking teams of climbers and walkers to take part in their annual Three Peaks Challenge event with a difference.
Teams must take the charity's mascot Paddington Bear to the top of the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 hours over the weekend of 10th and 11th July 2004.
Adventurous supporters have raised nearly £300,000 for Action Medical Research with previous challenge events - climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon with their bear.
Teams - made up of at least three climbers and one driver - are responsible for their own transport between the mountains and should be comfortable with using a map and compass. They are asked to commit to raising a minimum of £1,600 in sponsorship funds per team.
Money raised by the challenge will help Action Medical Research go on improving the health and quality of life of everyone. The charity is funding vital work across the UK, looking for answers to premature birth problems, pre-eclampsia, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke, osteoporosis and many more conditions Over half of the charity's current research is into conditions affecting pregnancy, babies and children.
Everyone who takes part in Action Medical Research's Three Peaks Challenge 2004 event will receive a free T-shirt, medal and a cooked breakfast at the foot of Snowdon in North Wales. Teams will also be able to keep their Paddington Bear. There will be trophies for the fastest teams and the best fundraisers.
The challenge is limited to 40 teams. For further information and an application form go to www.action.org.uk/get_involved/trekking.php