Colleagues hope to scale heights for charity 

By Barrie Hudson - 3 June 2021

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A team from a Swindon company aim to conquer 10 peaks in as many hours for charity.

  • The Optimum team, from left: Carol Conway, Liz Grange, Tracey Alexander, Tracey Heath, Rob Stokes, Hannah Matthews 

    The Optimum team, from left: Carol Conway, Liz Grange, Tracey Alexander, Tracey Heath, Rob Stokes, Hannah Matthews 

The six colleagues from accountancy and legal specialists Optimum Professional Services will be taking part in the 10 Peaks Challenge.

Set by the Youth Adventure Trust, the challenge involves covering 34km, or a little over 21 miles.

The Youth Adventure Trust helps vulnerable young people in Swindon and the rest of Wiltshire build resilience to face challenges in their lives. 

Tracey Heath, Optimum’s Office Manager and one of the team taking part, said: "It's going to be a challenging day, with what we suspect will be less than ideal weather conditions - it’s in Wales after all! - and a huge 34km to hike, with an epic 1,695m of ascent!

“But we are training hard and it is all for a very good cause.”

Joining Tracey are Carol Conway, Hannah Matthews, Rob Stokes and Tracey Alexander. The sixth team member – Payroll Manager Liz Grange – is a keen runner and is hoping to cover some of the course at a quicker pace.

Rob, who is Head of Accounts and Audit at Optimum, said: “It’s definitely going to be easier for some of us than for others, but it’s all about teamwork, encouraging one another, keeping that fundraising goal in our minds but also enjoying the experience and challenge.”

Training is well under way for the event, which is set for 10 July in the Brecon Beacons and is just one of the fundraising initiatives Optimum is holding throughout the year for the charity.

The Youth Adventure Trust's outdoor adventure-based Youth Adventure Programme enables young people to challenge themselves, experience success, grow in confidence and develop skills to last a lifetime.

Philippa Cox, Corporate Partnerships Manager at YAT, said: “A huge thank you to the Optimum staff for taking on the epic 10 peaks in 10 hours challenge. 

"Every step they take of the 34km route will help vulnerable young people build resilience, confidence and fulfil their full potential. 

"We’ll be cheering them on along the way. Good luck Team Optimum!”

Optimum, which has offices in Swindon and Cheltenham, specialises in accountancy and legal services, including tax, audit, conveyancing, wills and probate. 

The team hope to raise at least £1,500 from the 10 Peaks Challenge. The can be sponsored via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=10P2021Optimum6do10peaks&isTeam=true or by emailing info@optps.co.uk.

The Youth Adventure Trust's website is www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk

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