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Ain’t no mountain high enough

Bidwells fundraising imageA dozen people from the Bidwells Project Management Team took part in a hazardous event to raise money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

They climbed to the top of Mount Helvellyn in the Lake District, with an added challenge, as half the members were unable to see.

Throughout the climb, half of the team wore special glasses that simulated eye conditions including cataracts, tunnel vision and diabetic retinopathy, which enabled the team to experience being in an uncertain environment with sight loss.

The challenge, covered 17km with a climb of 3,120 ft. The team has do far raised £5,134, through sponsorship and donations by SDC Builders Ltd, Associated Architects, bb+c architects, Wates Construction Ltd, Scott Brownrigg and Couch Perry Wilkes.

The money will enable RNIB to add three children’s titles to its library of Talking Books, for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

Ian Wakeling, who came up with the idea, said, “We wanted our fundraising event to be a unique challenge raising money for charity and testing ourselves. Project management can sometimes mean that each individual works in isolation so we wanted to do something that brought us together as a team.”

Haidee Turner, RNIB Area Fundraising Manager, said, “We say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this incredible challenge, as well as those who sponsored them so generously.”

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