Working together on a night shift at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Lisa Dennis and Noleen Seale discovered they had a common goal, to complete the 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge. They put up a poster in Paediatric (childrens) A&E to see if anyone else would like to join them and to their surprise had a good response. Six members of Paediatric A&E staff plus two members of family walking and three drivers.

Said staff nurse Lisa: “We agreed it was best to do this to raise money for new equipment for the paediatric A&E. We hope to raise £10,000 towards a new ventilator, which can assist sick babies and children with their breathing. The National 3 Peaks 24hour challenge, involves the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales: Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon. We are attempting to walk to the top of each of these mountains and drive between them within 24 hours. The challenge starts at the base of the first mountain and finishes at the base of the third mountain.”

The challenge starts at Fort William, Scotland, where they ascend 1,344metres to the top of Ben Nevis and down again. They then drive 258 miles to Scafell Pike in the Western Lake District, walking up 978metres to the top and down. Finally they drive 200 miles into Snowdonia National Park, where they ascend Mount Snowdon to its 1,085metres peak, completing the challenge once they have arrived safely back down.

The group will be setting off for Scotland at 08.00 hours on Monday 31st May from St Peter’s Hospital, staying in Glen Nevis Youth Hostel just outside Fort William. They commence the challenge at 17.00hours (5pm) on Tuesday 1st June, aiming to complete Ben Nevis in five hours, driving down to start Scafell Pike at 05.00hrs. This should take four hours to ascend and descend.

Said Lisa: “Then drive on to Snowdon, which we should be starting by 13.00hrs and completing in four hours, finishing the challenge at 17.00hrs on Wednesday 2nd June. We then plan to stay over night in Wales and travel back to Surrey on Thursday 3rd June. We hope to arrive back at St Peter’s Hospital by approximately 16.00hrs (4pm).”

Said Lisa: “We have been training since January for this. Natalie and I have both been to Snowdon and completed it within four hours. Lisa and Noleen have been to Scafell Pike and completed it also within four hours. Marcus went walked the Pennine Way on Friday 14th May. Individually we have all been walking as much as possible, increasing the distance we are walking and the hills we are climbing. Deborah and Lisa have both done some walking along the Dorset coast as well.”

Those taking part are:

  • Lisa Dennis. Staff Nurse, Paediatric A&E.
  • Noleen Seale. Deputy Sister, Paediatric A&E.
  • Marcus Wootton. Charge Nurse, Paediatric A&E
  • Rachel Hine. Deputy Sister, Paediatric A&E.
  • Natalie Armstrong. Staff Nurse, Paediatric A&E.
  • Deborah Santa Clara. Staff Nurse, Paediatric A&E.
  • Andrew Unsworth, Cover Supervisor/ trainee teacher.
  • Martin Unsworth, Sports and Exercise teacher.
  • Andy Kennet, plumber/ electrician.
  • Sean Seale, District Nurse.

To sponsor them you can go to or find sponsor forms in A&E reception or from Ash ward and Oak ward.

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