18th Jul, 2019

Staff from Bromsgrove firm take on Three Peaks Challenge to raise £1,100 for the Autistic Society

STAFF from a Bromsgrove company have completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge and have raised £1,100 so far for the National Autistic Society.

GMS’ operations director Ben Neate and national contract manager Matt Prokopowicz scaled the three mountains – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in England – in 23 hours, 50 minutes and 42 seconds.

Security officer Colin Hollyoak drove the pair between the three mountains and ensured they completed the feat within the 24 hours required.

The team chose to take on the challenge as part of the company’s 20th anniversary celebrations which is supporting 20 good causes throughout 2018.

The operations team selected the National Autistic Society to fund-raise for as one of the team has a child with autism so it is a charity close to their hearts.

The trio set off at 5am on Saturday morning. Ben and Matt took on Ben Nevis first with former marine Matt reaching the summit in just two-and-a-half hours, an hour off the fastest ever time recorded.

The pair then tackled Scafell Pike with a round trip taking just over three hours.

They reached Snowdon at 2.30am on Sunday, battling torrential rain and thick fog to complete the challenge with nine minutes to go.

Ben said: “It was a gruelling challenge but we’re delighted to have completed it and have raised a fantastic amount for the National Autistic Society.”

Other charities supported by GMS Group this year have included the Midlands Air Ambulance, Zoe’s Place Hospice, Help for Heroes and Guide Dogs for the Blind where the firm has sponsored a guide dog pup called Oscar.

For more information on GMS Group’s expert services or to find out about current vacancies, head to www.gms-group.co.uk or call 01527 889180.

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