The team at Ben Nevis
The team at Ben Nevis

A group of police officers have climbed new heights to help a Burntwood nursery business raise money for charity.

The team at Ben Nevis

The team from the West Midlands regional organised crime unit took on the Three Peaks Challenge.

Their efforts have raised more than £1,000 for Child Bereavement UK.

The charity has already seen £100,000 donated from fundraising efforts by Burntwood-based Busy Bees – and it was this work which inspired the officers to support the organisation.

Chris Paintin said: “When we signed up to complete the Three Peaks Challenge we were keen to find a charity that we could support.

“One of the team suggested Child Bereavement UK – the same charity his local Busy Bees nursery fundraises for, so we decided to approach Busy Bees to see if we could raise money for this worthy cause on their behalf.

“Child Bereavement UK supports children and families through challenging times and this definitely kept us motivated to keep going throughout the trip.

“Each mountain provided its own individual challenges with part of it completed in the early hours of the morning.

“Due to traffic delays we actually had to run the last 15 minutes on Snowdon, but we managed to complete it just in the nick of time.”

The challenge saw the group tackle the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 23 hours and 55 minutes.

Sonia Kelly, nursery manager at Busy Bees Burntwood, said: “Child Bereavement UK does invaluable work which all of our staff, parents and children are proud to support.

“We feel that our parents are all part of our Busy Bees family and we’re in awe of the officers for undertaking this formidable feat.

“We were delighted to be approached by the group of officers and grateful for their efforts.

“Our local hire-car firm Arnold Clark is also playing its part by donating a minibus for the challenge, which means all funds raised will go towards our final total which currently stands at more than £100,000.”

People can still donate to the Three Peaks Challenge team via their online fundraising page.


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