‘Peak’ performance raises £700 for SportsAid

A team of Northampton estate agency managers scaled England and Wales’ highest peak last weekend raising over £700 for charity.

Harrison Murray’s Paula Scinaldi, Ian Simons and Alan Young took on the climbing challenge at Snowdon in North Wales to raise funds for local judo star Jodie Caller who the Duston branch sponsor through the charity SportsAid

Duston branch manager Paula says “We have sponsored Jodie for three years now and what really stands out is her dedication and commitment to her sport. So we decided this year that a physical challenge was the one for us and the idea of climbing Snowdon developed.

“After a very early start, we started our ascent up the Pyg track which although is the shortest route, is one of the more physically demanding. This weekend is one of the most popular for fundraisers so bumped into plenty of like-minded climbers on the way.

“We were ecstatic to reach the top. It was a lot harder work than we imagined but the weather was good and we felt a real sense of achievement as we posed for pictures.”

The estate agency which is part of the Nottingham Building Society, has been working with the charity since 2013 and during that time, has supported 95 aspiring athletes including freestyle skier Will Gilmore from Brackley and basketball player Sarah Round from Collingtree. Paula has seen Jodie fly through the judo ranks progressing onto the senior circuit all helped by her fundraising which has included in-branch raffles and even a sky-dive. The 19 year old from Nether Heyford already has some senior Team GB wins under her belt to add to her junior titles and is aiming for the next Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Paula added “Our boots definitely took a battering but we are very proud to have raised over £700. Every penny will help Jodie cover the costs of travel to competitions and training as she works towards her ambitions.”

After jumping out of a plane, and scaling one of the country’s highest peaks, Paula is unsure of what her next fundraising challenge will be “Maybe something involving water” she quips. 

Find out more about our SportsAid stars at thenottingham.com/your-society/sponsorship-and-community/sportsaid

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