Before the fearless five have had time to change their minds about the ‘I Can Climb’ challenge, a meeting is arranged between The Rotary Club of Andover and the ‘I Can Climb’ team.
It soon dawns on the team that an extensive and detailed amount of preparatory work has already been put into the challenge by members of the Rotary Club including Chris, John and Mike.
The newly formed ‘I Can Climb’ team are in full swing; positivity, chatter, enthusiasm and a definite naivety about what lies ahead!
Chris immediately runs through the meticulously planned schedule…
An early departure time of 5am on the morning of Saturday 11th July will see the team get to Scotland to take on the first peak – Ben Nevis. Transport has been sourced and is being supplied in kind by Foray Motor Group with Andover Car Service kindly funding fuel costs for the trip and members of The Rotary Club of Andover driving the team around the Country for the weekend!
Accommodation has been booked in Fort William for the night, kindly funded by DF Mobility, The Lion in Clanville, Aldridge Vehicle Services with Burbidges Bakery providing funds for food and sundries.
A thorough and detailed timeline is then in place to ensure the highest peaks in England – Scafell Pike and Wales – Snowdon are both ascended and descended on Sunday 12th July and successfully completed by the early hours of the morning of Monday 13th July!
The jollity amongst the ‘I Can Climb’ team wavers somewhat when John and Michael regale the team with stories about their 3 Peaks challenge adventures from their younger days whilst at University. Stories including running up and down each peak, completing all 3 Peaks in less than 24 hours. The girls gulp!
Never to be down for too long, spirits soon rise when the team remember why they are doing the challenge; to raise funds for local Andover charities and benefit local people, to prove to themselves as well as friends and loved ones that they can do it and to have a jolly good time together!
With that, thoughts move to training, clothing and all things walk related including a much-needed ‘I Can Climb’ logo to help raise the profile of the event and generate interest and most importantly funds for local charity beneficiaries.
The graphic design skills of Chelsea, Marketing Assistant for Valley Leisure Ltd and Riverside Bowl are sought and with that, the ‘I Can Climb’ logo is born!