The concept of Handcrafted was first inspired by a man who said, “After 12 years or taking heroin, stealing cars and getting benefits; I want to be someone who actually gives something.” He went on to do the Three Peaks challenge and raise £500 for WaterAid to provide clean water to drought-stricken areas.
That same longing has clearly caught on because, this year, seven of our trainees did the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
This challenge is alleged to be even tougher than the National Three Peaks. Our trainees walked 25 miles and climbed 5,200 feet of ascent through bleak conditions in a single day. With no hiking experience or fancy outdoor gear, this was an outrageous challenge for them to attempt, and remarkable achievement.
As you can see in this video, in spite of the daunting climb through fog and crag, everyone kept smiling, even finding energy to admire the ‘view’ and even to tumble playfully downhill.
This time they were fundraising for another local charity, Junction42, to help fund a retreat for people who could never otherwise afford to go. They managed to raise over £800.
Trying new things, “having a go” and finding ways to contribute to the wider community come naturally as part of the way we do things at Handcrafted. . And Congratulations to the intrepid trekkers, and many thanks to Tony, who drove them, and to all who sponsored them.
Next year, perhaps we’ll be looking for an even bigger challenge … The Matterhorn?