Wickes team conquers the Yorkshire Three Peaks for dementia research

13 July 2017

Rain could not dampen the spirits of a team from Wickes’ Distribution Centre in Northampton as they took on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in an effort to defeat dementia.

Despite the bad weather conditions, the group pushed ahead and sang their way up and down each peak to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

It took the team of 12, including one support member, 14 hours to complete the 24-mile long walk on 23 June and their efforts raised £8,500 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity – surpassing their original target of £5,000.

This is one of many challenges underway for Alzheimer’s Research UK by colleagues at Wickes, after the home improvement retailer voted for it to become its charity partner. Since the fundraising kicked off last summer, Wickes has raised an incredible amount, reaching over £500,000 for the cause. This will be used to help fund life-changing research into dementia and the diseases that cause it.

Claira Singh, a Northampton-resident, was inspired to sign up to the fundraiser after seeing the devastating impact dementia has had on individuals and their families.

Claira, 30, who is a HR Business Partner for Wickes Distribution, said:

“It was a fantastic day and we really came together as a team. We all found it difficult at different points, so it meant that there was always someone there to keep you going. Even though the weather was awful and it rained a lot, we kept our spirits up by singing – Rihanna’s Umbrella was a favourite on the day! It was an incredible experience and it feels amazing to know we completed the challenge.”

Speaking about the cause, Claira added: “Dementia touches so many people and many of us who took on the Three Peaks have personal experience. We are so grateful for all the support we’ve had and it just goes to show how important Alzheimer’s Research UK is. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet, but the potential is there to find one. Who wouldn’t want to invest in something that will change so many lives in the future?”

Kate Moss, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We want to say a massive well done to the entire team for taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, especially as the weather wasn’t on their side. It’s a great achievement and we’re incredibly grateful for the amount they raised, this will go a long way in helping us to defeat dementia.

“There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition, with 2,269 in Northampton alone. Despite this, we have no treatments to stop or slow the diseases that cause dementia. The only way to bring an end to the devastation caused by this condition is through the power of research, which is why the support of companies like Wickes is so vital.”

Donate to the team’s fundraising efforts here.