An inspirational young member of the team at RiskSTOP Group, who is passionate about fund-raising, has led a team of 30 people to the top of Britain’s ‘Three Peaks’ in just 24 hours.
Rian Harvey, 22, who is an Assessor for the Group’s RebuildCostASSESSMENT.com brand, organised the event to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity which saves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.
Rian himself was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when he was just 14 years old. Two years later he received a life-saving stem-cell transplant thanks to a register founded by the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Trust continued to be there for Rian and his family throughout and following his treatment, which included chemotherapy. The support proved vital for his recovery.
“The Three Peaks Challenge started off as my way of giving something back to the Trust,” explained Rian. “However, the whole thing ended up growing into a big team effort. I’d asked a few of my friends to join me and then my Mum and her friends got involved too, and a group from Weymouth’s ‘First Class Fitness’ gym. Before we knew it there was thirty of us.”
The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing Britain’s three highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Skafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) in just 24 hours. The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3,064 metres (10,052ft).
“Organising everyone into mini-buses and sorting out food and accommodation was challenging enough without completing the grueling task itself and ensuring everyone else made it,” said Rian. “But the whole thing was worth it in so many ways. Best of all was being able to share that final incredible view from the summit of Snowdon with my Mum, who I waited for at the top. She’d been through so much with all the illness and treatment I’d gone through as a teenager, so it was amazing to have those few minutes together to reflect on it all and where we’d both got to. Such an emotional moment.”
Just before the challenge got underway, RiskSTOP Group contributed to the total amount raised by Rian for the Anthony Nolan Trust so that it went beyond £10,000, which he described as a “major boost” for everyone involved.
Rian is now close to reaching an overall target of £14,000. Progress can be tracked and further donations made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/three-peaks-4-anthony-nolan
Danny Lillington, RiskSTOP Group Managing Director, commented: “Rian and his family have been through a lot and it’s clear to everyone just how determined he is to help not just the Anthony Nolan Trust, but many other charities too. He’s an inspirational character and we’re incredibly proud that he’s part of our wonderful team here.”
RiskSTOP Group recognises the importance of assisting local and national charities in raising much-needed funds. For example, as part of our employee rewards programme we provide one day per year to staff, so they can assist a charity of their choice. Find out more at www.riskstopgroup.co.uk/working-with-us