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Fairburn’s Eggs staff step up to smash three peaks

Sep 28, 2021

Intrepid Fairburn’s Eggs staff trekked more than 66,000 steps – the equivalent of 750 flights of stairs – during a three peaks challenge, raising almost £25K for Farm Africa.

First photo of trek

In total, the Fairburn’s team drove 1,170 miles (thanks to brilliant driver Bryan Parker) and walked just over 24 miles in 24 hours as they scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in all kinds of weather.

Ben Nevis Peter Price

“The challenge of climbing three mountains back-to-back was difficult enough, but the lack of sleep in between made it that much harder,” says supply chain manager Alice Turner. “It really was mind over matter pushing yourself to carry on!”

Ben Nevis

But the scenery was breath taking, especially as the team entered the Highlands, heading to Fort William. “We passed numerous lochs and what felt like a never-ending line of mountains, debating between us how big Ben Nevis would be compared to these,” says national brand and accounts manager Lynette Ashmore.

And they weren’t disappointed by Scotland’s tallest mountain – scaling it in five hours in beautiful sunshine. But next on their itinerary was Scafell Pike, the tallest peak in England at 3,209ft – and here, the weather was not as kind!

Scafell pike rest stop

“There was heavy rain throughout this entire hike,” recalls national brand and account executive Tabby Ward. “It was very miserable and cold, and the cloud didn’t really clear until we were about 40 minutes away from the end. But we finished in good time and in good spirits!”

Scafell Pike peak

Last in their epic trek was Snowdon, in Wales, at 3,560ft, which they completed on a beautifully crisp day. Even their driver Bryan joined in.

Snowdon peak

“I have to say a huge thank you to everyone that organised and took part in this challenge for such a fantastic charity, which helps smallholder farmers in East Africa,” says Fairburn’s CEO Daniel Fairburn, who also took part in the trek. “I couldn’t have asked for better people to do it with. That said, my legs still don’t feel like they are mine!”

Dan Collison, Farm Africa CEO, said: “I have been with Farm Africa for almost 18 months now, and I have been constantly amazed by the lengths supporters will go to support our work. Completing the Three Peaks Challenge is an incredible achievement and is testament to LJ Fairburn & Son’s fantastic support and dedication.

Ben Nevis Egle Samulione and Luke Hamilton

“Every day, farming communities face the immense challenge of providing for their families in the face of lack of access to training, agricultural supplies, and markets, all of which are compounded by climate change and now the Covid-19 pandemic. The funds raised will enable Farm Africa to support the development of sustainable food systems in eastern Africa, and enable farmers to grow more, sell more and sell for more."

The trek has helped raise almost £25K for the charity. But Fairburn’s would love to hit their target of £40K. If you would like you donate, click here