Taking Sponsorship to New Heights

June 2010

The Department for Work and Pensions climb Ben Nevis

A hardy team from the Department for Work and Pensions are again raising funds for the Alan Shearer Centre with a sponsored mountain climb in June.

Last year they climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District. This year the challenge is rather more difficult - the highest mountain in Britain: Ben Nevis. With a summit 4,409 feet above sea level, Ben Nevis has some degree of snow cover almost all year round and fog and poor weather conditions can be expected even in June when the climb will take place.

One of the organisers, Sharon Melsome, said, "This is a huge challenge for people with a very mixed level of fitness."

The team will climb on Saturday 5 June following the tourist route part of the way, branching off to follow Carn Mor Dearg Arete across the summit, then rejoining the tourist route for their descent.