WORKERS at a village firm have taken part in a daunting but rewarding charity challenge.

The staff from Mitral Systems in Shepley took on the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest peaks in the UK in just 24 hours.

And their efforts on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon meant they and their colleagues raised £2,500 for Barnardos.

James Dawson, of Meltham, was joined by colleagues Paul Tyreman, from Wakefield, and Neil Maude, of Upper Cumberworth, on the adventure.

Their firm is an electronic document management firm.

They were among a 17-strong party from the Arena Group, which owns their company, but only nine managed to finish.

James, who trained by walking the hills around Meltham with his dogs, said: “We started at the foot of Ben Nevis at 5pm in lovely, sunny weather. By the time we reached the summit it was foggy and very cold.

“The drive from Fort William to Wasdale Head was interrupted when one of the mini-buses killed a deer, but we started the climb up Scafell Pike at 4am in the morning, using head torches.

“Again, it was very foggy and very cold.

“The final climb, up Snowdon the next afternoon, started with a torrential downpour. Again we had wind, fog and cold at the top.

“But we raised over £1,200 in sponsorship and Arena Group are doubling that, so it was £2,500 going to Barnardos.”

The walkers set up a website and it is staying open for donations on