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- Publicerad måndag, 09 juli 2012 10:51
Raising over £5,000 for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Team Fast Find, a group of 14 employees from Portsmouth-based Orolia ltd, a business of the Orolia group ((NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO) and a leading manufacturer of emergency locator beacons, have successfully completed the National Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £5,000 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
The Three Peaks Challenge, an extreme adventure event, involves climbing three of the UK’s largest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, which have a collective height of over 10,000 feet. During the challenge Team Fast Find, which consisted of employees from two countries, tackled demanding terrain and found themselves up against some horrendous weather conditions but successfully completed the course in 28 hours.
Members of Team Fast Find carried a Fast Find Ranger PLB during the challenge, a light weight and compact personal locator beacon providing a direct method of alerting the search and rescue authorities where no other forms of communication are available, using the 406 MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, COSPAS SARSAT*. It is recommended that anyone venturing in to remote areas carries a PLB, with a change of legislation passed in January 2012** to allow the use of PLBs on land in the UK, marking a huge step forward in the safety of outdoor enthusiasts. Whilst Team Fast Find were fortunate enough not to have to activate their PLBs during the challenge, they were safe in the knowledge that they were carrying a device that could potentially save their lives.
Commenting on the challenge, David Duffin – Climb Leader said, “In the space of six months team Fast Find transformed from office workers to mountain climbers with many hours being spent at the gym and climbing the South Downs and Purbecks in preparation of tackling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon.
“With no mobile phone reception on any mountain and enduring horrendous weather conditions during the challenge, we all felt safe in the knowledge that we were fully equipped with Fast Find Rangers, enabling us to alert the search and rescue authorities in the event of an emergency.
“We are all very proud to have successfully completed The Three Peaks Challenge and would like to thank all of our sponsors, support team and families who enabled us to achieve our goal and raise money for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.”
Team Fast Find was made up of climbers David Duffin, Ross Wilkinson, Christophe Ganivet, Kate Boyle, Sue De Beer, Annika Page, Mark Routledge, Katie Pellegrini, Pete Evans and Paul Thomas, with drivers Dave Jones, Neil Jordan, Robin George and Tracy Lester.
To support Team Fast Find’s fundraising, please visit their Just Giving donation page, which will remain open for an additional three weeks:http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=teamFastfind2012
For further details on The Three Peaks Challenge or the Fast Find Ranger PLB, visit www.FastFindplb.com/ranger.