Bus drivers set out to raise a mountain of cash for charity

trentbarton : Three Peaks Challenge : L-R Colin Broughton, Emma Sharpe, Darren Poxon, Debra Johnson, Alan Johnson, Dave Riordan and Jon Bowler : Photograph by Lionel Heap 07977 597674.

trentbarton : Three Peaks Challenge : L-R Colin Broughton, Emma Sharpe, Darren Poxon, Debra Johnson, Alan Johnson, Dave Riordan and Jon Bowler : Photograph by Lionel Heap 07977 597674.

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A team of bus drivers running routes through Eastwood are gearing up to take on a moutain-climbing challenge in support of a children’s charity.

The team of 14 rentbarton drivers and back office colleagues will attempt to scale Britain’s three highest mountains in less than 24 hours over June 10 and 11.

They are tackling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and then Snowdon in Wales to raise money for Nottingham-based national charity When You Wish Upon a Star—the company’s chosen charity for 2016.

Emma Sharpe from Loscoe, a driver on Trentbarton’s Rainbow One service, said: “A few people in the team have climbed one or two of the mountains before, but none of us has tackled all three in one expedition. One of the team, Alan Johnson, is a keen mountaineer and will be leading the way.”

The team is being bussed from Langley Mill to Fort William for a 4pm start at the base of the highest mountain in the Highlands.

Driving duties are being shared by two generous volunteers who will also fire up a camping stove ready for the walkers to refuel after each descent.

Charity spokesman Nicola Brien said: “We’re overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm of Trentbarton staff.

“It’s an incredible challenge. Good luck to them and thanks for helping grant magical wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.”

To sponsor the team, visit http://bit.ly/1RT8jEX.