Chester Fire Station’s White Watch has raised more than £10,000 for charity by completing a mountainous challenge.

The team set themselves the daunting task of running to Snowdon, walking up and down it and then cycling back home to Chester – all over four successive days.

The Sea to Summit challenge was devised to raise much-needed funds for The Joshua Tree and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Watch manager McCarthy said: “We named it the Sea to Summit challenge, as it involved using nothing but leg power to get from sea level at Chester to the summit of Snowdon and back. The total distance we travelled is 122 miles, with 13,000ft of ascent and the four-day challenge was exhausting, pushing us to the absolute limits of our physical capabilities".

“The Fire Fighters Charity and The Joshua Tree are both really close to our hearts. They both provide essential services, rely on donations and fundraising and have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic".

“We are over the moon to have raised more than £10,000 for the charities, when you take Gift Aid into account, and can’t thank all those who have donated money enough.”

The Joshua Tree are incredible grateful for the £5,000 donation, as the last 18 months has been challenging due to all major fundraising events being cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, leaving fundraising income down by 92%.

The fundraising challenge was made up of:

  • Day one and two: Running 56 miles across the country to Snowdonia in north Wales
  • Day three: Ascending and descending Snowdon itself
  • Day four: Cycling 66 miles back to Chester.

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