Playing a Peaky Blinder

November 19, 2018 Charity Initiatives and Events

Derek Woods battled through the Beast from the East and the summer swelter to hit the heights for his latest charity challenge.

The Bootle Client Relationship Manager for Santander organised a Three Peaks challenge to raise money for Liverpool’s Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, prompted by his son-in-law and a group of friends.

Having done the challenge before, Derek organised training sessions for his novice companions early on in the year.

Then the Beast struck, putting paid to many plans. “It was quite stressful,” he says.

In March, things eased and Derek himself prepared by walking to work, a 16-mile round trip. “I’m 54 and the guys are around 30 so it was a personal fitness challenge for me too,” he admits.

They started at Ben Nevis on what turned out to be one of Scotland’s hottest days of the year. “The minibus thermometer read 30C plus,” recalls Derek.

The intrepid group went on to scale the three peaks in 23 hours, 40 minutes. “Everyone loved it. It was an amazing achievement. Thank you to all those who sponsored us,” says Derek who himself raised £450.

A further contribution from the Bootle VOLT committee raised the tally to £600, which in turn helped the group hand over a final total of £1,800 to the hospice.