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Charities Update: Three Peaks and the Toughest Warriors

The Facilities Directorate have been hard at work earning money for charity, firstly our talented teams of chefs from the commercial & campus support services traded their white smocks for dirty overalls when they did this years’ total warrior challenge in June.

What started off as a friendly banter turned into entering one of the toughest challenges in the country. Taking on the Total Warrior challenge were a team of 8 MeetinLeeds members and 2 friends captained by Phill Tostevin who was in charge of their training regime and diet too.

Training for three months before hand, 5k three times a week, prepared them well for jumping over flames, charging over obstacles and wading through waste high mud. The team completed it 2 hours 53. The team’s goal at the start was to raise £500 but amazingly they have topped their target! Raising over £1300 for Martin house children’s hospice.

In a similar vein, members of the Sport & Physical Activity team have, along with some friends, scaled the Yorkshire 3 peaks in aid of charity. Organised by Caroline Race and Tom Exeter the group completed the gruelling 24 mile walk up Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in just 10 hours while fighting gale force winds throughout the day!3000

“The wind added to the challenge, your feet kept getting blown away from under you each time you took a step! I think those of the group who had not done it before did especially well to get round. All in all a time of 10 hours was pretty good considering the circumstances!” – Caroline Race

Together the three peaks team raised over £300 to be split between the Facilities Directorate nominated charities; Martin House children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the teams and donated to all out collection tins around campus.

If you would like to join the fundraising team to help organise events, or if you have an idea on how we can raise money for these great charities, then please contact Lisa Wood at or Helen McDonald Alternatively check out our charities page here at

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