On Friday 16 August Contact staff, Board Members and Participants set out to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks alongside team members from Civic Engineers and Mace, the project managers on our Making Contact Building Project.
Wez, Ceri, Caroline, Jane, Bill, Josh and Sam have all been with Contact throughout the building transformation and, as a result, a little walk didn’t phase them. By little we mean 24.5 miles, climbing the Yorkshire three peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough; a combined 7064 feet. That’s almost a quarter the height of Everest!
Throughout the day they endured waterlogged boots, soggy flat caps and lost Jane; see the 3 Peaks Highlight on our Instagram to explain that one!
The challenge was to complete the hike in 12 hours. Despite the difficult conditions, the Contact crew managed to storm the route in 10 hours and 33 minutes; a whopping 1 hour and 27 minutes ahead of time.
Through peaks and troughs, the Contact troopers kept spirits high, exchanging snacks, banter and smiles throughout. The legends and fables will say the Contact climbers wouldn’t have made it without the overwhelming support from their sponsors. So far donations total £6,483.84 and this will be matched up to £5,000 by the Mace Foundation. This makes for a smashing total of £11,483.84.
Huge thanks to Mace and Civic Engineers who braved the cold with us and supported our fundraising efforts.
Three #yorkshire peaks in 9 hours by @dshodeke @Brucie_James and members of @ContactMcr @MaceGroup teams! Well done to you all and we believe over £11k raised so far which is fantastic. You can still donate https://t.co/CaKU8AEdrJ pic.twitter.com/dP7ydkecmd
— Civic Engineers (@civicengineers) August 17, 2019
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Contact is in the midst of an exciting and much-needed capital building project to extend and improve its home. Recent years have seen a steady increase in audience numbers and the demand for their free year-round programme of creative learning activities – fast outstripping the building’s capacity.
With your support Contact will re-open in 2020 with new performance spaces; a recording studio for young people’s music projects; an arts and health development space and a new café/bar –a home for the next generation of audiences, artists and creative leaders.
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