Hft | About us | Charity staff climb the highest peaks in Britain

2019-09-20 16:05:40

Staff members at a national learning disability charity will be scaling new heights as they prepare to climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales.

Seven senior members of staff at services in Bradford and Flintshire run by Hft are raising vital funds which will support people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.

The group decided to take on the challenge when looking for a team building exercise that would also raise funds for new projects at a conference earlier this year. Now, the team is two thirds of the way through their adventure, having successfully reached the peak of Scafell Pike in Cumbria in July, and the top of Mount Snowdon earlier this month.

Topping off the trio of treks is Ben Nevis in Scotland, which the charity’s staff are set to tackle on 26 October. The 4,000 foot climb up the UK’s tallest mountain takes walkers all the way up to a summit boasting views stretching all the way to Northern Ireland.

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The team is now hard at work training and fundraising ahead of their final challenge, with all funds raised set to go towards new resources for adults with learning disabilities in Bradford and Flintshire. In the pipeline are projects ranging from a Christmas celebrations for people with autism to boost social interaction to new assistive technology, which will allow people to live more independently and safely.

Ryan Trueman, Area Manager at Hft, said:

“We’ve had a brilliant time taking part in this fundraising challenge. It was definitely ambitious but after our five and a half hour trek up and down Snowdon, I’ve almost overcome my fear of heights! Most importantly, we’ve already raised over £1,000 and are already planning ways this could really make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities.”

Hft currently supports more than 2,500 people with learning disabilities across the country. This includes supporting people with learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes, providing employment services to help people develop skills and experience for work and helping people to pursue hobbies, make new friends and get involved in their local communities.

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For further information please phone 0117 906 1697 or email media.enquiries@hft.org.uk

About Hft

Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Location: Hft Bradford