A Peterlee claims management company has raised £4,000 for a local cancer charity.

Auxillis staff have raised the money for The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust.

Following last year’s successful Three Peak Challenge, 16 brave members of staff from Auxillis’ contact centre set out to complete a challenging two day hike in the Lakes to raise funds for the charity.

The team took on Skiddaw, Blencathra and Helvellyn – a total of 31 miles – climbing 2,540 meters, battling through torrential rain, 60 mph winds and dense fog to reach the summit of both Skiddaw and Blencathra.

With weather conditions so extreme the team seriously considered abandoning the second climb, but in a show of true determination they unanimously decided to push on.

The following day with an early start, soggy boots and some nursing sore knees and ankles, the hikers reached the summit of Helvellyn only to find themselves back amongst the thick clouds – completing three summits without enjoying any views! But despite the hardships all the hikers agreed it had definitely been worth it.

The hikers managed to raise an incredible £2,250 from sponsorship, with the 550 strong contact centre also raising a further £1,000 through charity day events.

Once the total amount had been revealed, Peterlee Business Park-based Auxillis contributed an additional £750 to take the grand total to £4,000 – the most ever raised by an Auxillis charity event.

Event organiser Alastair Taylor said “I’m so incredibly proud of everyone who took part. This was a hard challenge on paper, but with the awful conditions on the day made it much worse. Everyone had a fantastic attitude, helping each other and not wanting to give up. We’ve raised a huge sum of money for a tremendous local charity – doubling our target”.

Trust Founder Mark Solan added his thanks. He said: “We’re thrilled with the huge effort the Auxillis team put into raising this money for the Trust. The fantastic donation of £4,000 will go directly to help families and individuals affected by cancer who live in County Durham and Darlington. Since 2015, we’ve supported hundreds of people, providing financial, emotional and practical support and services, none of which would be possible without such incredible support”.