Mel Conquers The 3 Peaks
On the 19th Septemberour Care and Support Manager for Learning Disabilities and Mental Health, Mel Greenstock took on the 3 Peaks Challenge and won!
Mel managed to climb Snowdon in Wales (which stands at 1085m), Scafell Pike, in England - a 978m trial, and Ben Nevis, in Scotland (her tallest challenge at 1344m) - in just 26.5 hours. This was an incredibly physically intensive challenge, but Mel’s hard work throughout her training schedule obviously paid off.
Mel said afterwards: “I would just like to thank everyone who sent messages of support and those who sponsored me for my challenge. I survived!! and made it up and down the three mountains in 26.5 hrs. It was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done, and pushed me beyond my limits in many ways, but also the most amazing. Being on the roof of Great Britain at the top of Ben Nevis was just brilliant and worth all the effort to get there, the views as you ascend the mountain and from the top are awesome and I also got to experience a brocken spectre, a rare event apparently, so I felt very special and privileged.
I also saw a shooting star on the top of Scafell Pike at midnight, and this made me think of my brother who died suddenly 10 years ago and who’s favourite song was ‘shooting star’, a very moving experience for me, and we sat in the complete darkness and looked at all the wonderful stars on a perfectly clear night. I have to add that the descent from Scafell Pike in the dark was very scary and I was so relieved to reach the bottom.
I have been through the whole range of emotions over the weekend and I climbed with a great bunch of people all with their own reasons for doing the challenge and this made the event even more special, our guides were just brilliant, so caring, encouraging and knowledgeable. I was absolutely shattered at the end of the challenge, but it was definitely worth all the training and effort. I have raised around £1000 which will go to make the lives of our learning disabled guys even more fulfilled.
Once again thank you for your support. I am now thinking about what I can do next!!!"
Well done Mel, we think you are amazing!
Mel undertook the challenge to raise money and awareness for Alabaré’s Learning Disability services. Through their homes and services Alabaré enable people to take control of their lives and live the life they choose. They offer long term supported accommodation, as well as a range of support and training opportunities to people in their own homes. They also have two training facilities – one in Old Sarum, Salisbury, and one nearby in Barford St Martin.
You can still support Mel and congratulate her efforts by giving what you can - visit: https://my.give.net/alabare3peaks and make a donation towards her incredible endeavour! You won’t just be supporting Mel; you’ll be making a huge difference to Alabaré’s Learning Disability services too.