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Company staff help raise money for Stepney Green training centre

PUBLISHED: 16:39 19 August 2011 | UPDATED: 16:39 19 August 2011

Virgin Media employees conquered fifteen gruelling peaks to raise £40,000 for children’s charity Barnados which supports projects such as  the Hub Construction Skills Centre in Stepney Green.

Virgin Media employees conquered fifteen gruelling peaks to raise £40,000 for children's charity Barnados which supports projects such as the Hub Construction Skills Centre in Stepney Green.

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A company team proved there 'ain't no mountain high enough' as they conquered fifteen gruelling peaks in three days to raise £40,000 for charity.

The 24 employees from Virgin Media climbed the 15 mountains in Wales that are over 3000 feet, walking eight hours a day. The challenge was part of the company’s Big Climb, an annual event challenging staff to to support a range of charities. This year the money went to children charity Bernados.

Among the projects set to benefit from the money raised for Barnados is the Hub Construction Skills Centre in Stepney Green.

The Hub provides support and guidance to young people by offering an alternative education service with the chance to re-engage with learning and gain job prospects. Its students, aged 14-19, can study plumbing, decorating, carpentry and functional skills,

Team members Retail Director at Virgin Media and organiser of the climb, Paul Williams, said; “It’s a commitment for everyone involved, we had to train, qualify for the climb and find sponsorship, and that’s before we even reached the foot of the first of the 15 peaks. It was definitely all worth it when we saw the fundraising total and knew that every penny would be helping Barnardo’s to turn lives around and give youngsters the opportunities they deserve in life.”

The fifteen mountains climbed were Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach andTryfan, Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Yr Elen, Carnedd Llewelyn, Foel Grach, Garnedd Uchaf, Foel-fras, Snowdon, Garnedd Ugain and Crib Goch.

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