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Tuesday, 8th July 2014 - Unicom staff take on the Three Peak Challenge

Unicom employees Alex Heslip and Jacques Guerineau recently completed the gruelling National Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Francis House Children’s Hospice.

During the Three Peaks Challenge participants attempt to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. Walkers climb each peak in turn, and are driven from the foot of one mountain to the next. The three peaks climbed are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon and during the challenge the total distance walked is estimated at 42 kilometers with a total ascent of 9,800 feet!

Alex Heslip, Sales Director at Unicom, said, ‘We found it really tough going in some parts, especially toward the end, but the chance to help such a fantastic charity really kept us focused.’

The pair raised a tremendous £759.50 which Unicom agreed to double, meaning an impressive total of £1519 was donated to Francis House. 

Francis House provides respite care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions but the support of the hospice goes far beyond that - looking after the whole family of mums and dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents with services like sibling groups, home care and bereavement support. 

Francis House fundraiser Emma Siddle said: “Round the clock care of a sick child has an impact on the whole family; our care team understands what they are going through.

“With facilities including 14 bedrooms, multi-sensory rooms, creative therapy and music therapy, Francis House provides enriching experiences in a place of relaxation.

“Without the generosity of our supporters and people like Alex and his team making this significant donation, we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the quality of care our families need and deserve.”

More information about the extraordinary work of Francis House can be found at www.francishouse.org.uk