Tuesday, 4 August 2015


Four brave members of BNI Parkside, a business network group in Long Eaton, completed the tough Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge on Saturday 18 July in aid of the British Red Cross. Embracing rain, wind and very un-summery temperatures, the group trekked 24 miles and took on three huge peaks along the world-famous route to raise funds for the lifesaving, life-changing charity. Members of the group taking on the walk were Nigel Grainger, of Fleet Risk Consultants, Ian Trembirth, of Trembirth Designs, Karen Sheldon, of Sheldon Flanders Financial Services, and Carl Firmstone, of Stator Electrical Solutions. Three out of the four were delighted to complete the full walk in less than 12 hours, with Carl sadly having to cut the trek short after the second peak due to a knee injury.
The team joined 220 other walkers from across the UK taking on the annual sponsored trek for the Red Cross. Now in its seventh year, the route covers 24 miles across beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside and takes in the magnificent peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Often quoted as being harder than the National Three Peaks, the event attracts experienced and novice walkers looking to push themselves to the limit and raise funds to save lives and help vulnerable people.
BNI Parkside is a proactive local business network that meets every Friday lunchtime at the Long Eaton Novotel, with the aim of finding business for other members. Members regularly take part in challenges and fundraising for their chosen charity.
Member Ian Trembirth said, ‘What an amazing day. All the volunteers around the route were brilliant, offering support and trying to gee us along. The reception back at the hall was great and I got a bit emotional realising what I’d done (still do). Thank you so much!’
Local Red Cross fundraiser Alex Gadsby said, ‘We’re so grateful to the brave BNI Parkside members who took on this incredible and tough challenge, and for all the fab fundraising. I’ve worked on this event for five years now and it’s a brilliant experience from start to finish – we love supporting our walkers from the moment they sign up, through their fundraising, to on the day, when we cheer them across the finish line and give them their medal back at base. This year was no exception!’
Registration for next year’s event, on Saturday 16 July, has already opened and the charity is hoping to attract more local businesses to take on the challenge. There is a registration fee of £10 to take part in the event and people are asked to raise £100 in sponsorship for the charity’s humanitarian work.Walkers receive full support from their local fundraiser, including a comprehensive sponsorship pack and regular hints and tips to help you achieve your target. The local fundraiser is also the point of contact for any queries about the event, and will be there on the day to present the participant with a medal and certificate to recognise their achievement.
Walkers can sign up at
www.redcross.org.uk/y3p or by calling Alex on 0115 852 8016. Anyone interested in attending a BNI Parkside meeting can find out more by also contacting Alex as above.