An intrepid team of Veolia staff from the East Midlands scaled new heights when they climbed the UK’s three highest mountains and raised over £3,500 which is funding a bespoke frame for 10 year old Thomas from Chesterfield.

Thomas cannot stand or walk without a frame and a bespoke frame is being built which will support him now and over the coming years as it adapts to his growing needs.

Thomas and his family met the Veolia fundraising team at the depot in Derby to see the big sponsorship cheque presented to Variety.

Sara, Thomas’s mum commented:

“I am extremely grateful that a group of strangers would set aside their free time and energy, to help my son – their generosity will have fantastic life long benefits.”

When adventurous volunteers from Veolia, (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste management contractors), decided to raise money for the charity Variety, leg waxing or fancy dress just weren’t challenging enough. Instead they opted to tackle some of Britain’s toughest terrain in the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, scaling the three highest mountain peaks in England, Scotland and Wales, all within 24 hours!

Matt Spaul, East Midlands General Manager said: “This was a great challenge for all involved and knowing that us all climbing mountains and walking miles fundraising for Variety has enabled a boy to get the life changing equipment to help him to walk has made it all very worthwhile and rewarding.”

This gruelling challenge saw the team walk to the peak of Scafell Pike in England, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in Wales; a total of 11,179 feet ascent in just one day! This tested both their endurance and stamina as they braved the potential extreme weather and steep mountain faces.

Veolia Environnement is working with Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner of the year. Variety was chosen because, like Veolia, they are committed to making a difference in local communities.

To find out more about the partnership email