The Acre Foundation

24 Peaks Challenge 2014

WE DID IT !!!! On the 18-19th September 2014, a team from Acre took on one of the toughest outdoor challenges in the UK, the 24 Peaks in the Lake District, with the guidance of trekking experts Exped Adventure, as part of a fundraising drive for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). It was the most grueling challenge any of the team had ever undertaken – the sense of achievement was amazing. They completed the 24th peak after 23 hrs and 35 minutes of tough walking and climbing – so with just 25 minutes to spare!!!

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who supported us with their time, efforts and donations. The fundraising events have all been a huge success and at the last count, the total raised exceeded £10,600. You can read all about the challenge on our blog.

Some words from Great Ormond Street:
“We are delighted that staff from Acre Resources Ltd have raised such a fantastic amount for us through a comedy night, 24 Peaks Challenge and other events.
This fantastic donation will help to make a big difference for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Acre’s support is helping us pay for specialist equipment and to redevelop the hospital, so that we can treat more patients in comfortable, spacious wards with room for mum, dad or a carer to stay by their side. Generous gifts like this mean that we can support research into cures and treatments for childhood diseases which will benefit children all over the world.
Without the fantastic support of companies like Acre and their staff, Great Ormond Street Hospital wouldn’t be able to continue providing world class care to thousands of children every year.”

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The Challenge

The 24 Peak Challenge is a tough, physical challenge set in the heart of the Lake District. The challenge is to walk up 24 peaks, with a total ascent of 4263m and a walking distance of 50.9km over two days.

Some of the route follows well-defined ridges, but the height climbed and descended throughout the challenge is significant. The main challenge is on Day 1, comprising of approximately 14 hours of walking, covering 13 peaks over nearly 18 miles. The terrain is rocky and across well-defined ridges, summiting peaks such as Scafell Pike (the highest peak in England), Great End and Bow Fell. For those surviving Day 1, the second day involves 11 peaks over 14 miles, including Helvellyn, Lower Man and Nethermost Pyke.

To complete the first day is remarkable by itself, and for those feeling brave enough to tackle the second day will be in for a gruelling test of courage, stamina and determination. That aside, it’s a challenge set in a stunning location, which will be very rewarding in itself – although the team will be walking parts of the course in the dark (how much walking in the dark will depend on their fitness levels!)

The team are being led by trekking experts Sam Westcott and Jamie Annetts from Exped Adventure, both seasoned mountaineers, having hiked and trekked many mountains inside and outside of the UK. Although they are used to tough challenges themselves, one they may have underestimated is having signed up to lead the Acre team up 24 Peaks?!

The Acre team have certainly set themselves a significant task, which is not something many people can say they have completed. It will involve a huge amount of dedication and commitment in terms of training, as well as will power, determination and banter to complete. Hopefully, although tough and daunting for the team, this initiative will help to make a difference to some very worthy children.

Calendar of Fundraising Events

  • The Great Acre Clothes Swap on Thursday, 10 July 2014

    Support Great Ormond Street Hospital while you update your wardrobe!

  • Acre’s Sustainable Wine Tasting Event on Tuesday, 19 August 2014

    Help GOSH by enjoying an evening of ethically produced wines, paired with canapés.

  • Comedy at the Savoy Tup on Friday, 12 September 2014

    Come for some great comedy at the Savoy Tup in aid of Great Ormond Street. Comedians include: Andy Onions,
    Andy Storey, Miranda Kane, Matt Banks and Tony Law, with the compère for the evening Rob Collins.

  • Gig Fundraising Night on Thursday, 9 October 2014

    From acoustic to indie to rap to steampunk – this will be a performance to remember in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The Team

Acre team in action

The Acre team is always up for a challenge, so we decided to give them one they would never forget – something tougher than your usual corporate challenge, but one that would allow us the opportunity to raise a large amount of money for a charity close to our hearts.

In total 10 people signed up for the Acre 24 Peaks challenge – and all have very different motivations for it. Everyone is extremely devoted to supporting GOSH, a charity that has looked after someone very close to our hearts – Annabel Mitchell and her family over the last 3 years, alongside some more individual drivers (increasing fitness levels, losing weight and for the personal challenge).

We have a real mixture of people participating: some have walked mountains previously, many haven’t. Some are very sporty, others prefer the couch. Some think it will be a walk in the park, for many the reality is now setting in! Since walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, the team are very enthusiastic to make this challenge a success and to hit our fundraising target.

The team includes:

Bairbre Doyle
Christian Albrecht
Helen Pradas-Page
Jess Crisp
Josh Wait
Lydia Langford
Michael Kelsall
Richard Wright
Simone Awramenko

Whatever happens up the mountains in September, it’ll be the team spirit that gets us through; a bit of banter, solid preparation and training, numerous glucose tablets and energy gels, combined with the knowledge that for every “dark moment” and the pain we may endure, we are raising money for an incredible charity who are supporting children like Annabel who are braver than we could ever be – and they still smile at the end of the day.

As long as we learn from them, we’ll get there…


The team voted GOSH the charity of choice due do the world-class research and work they do to care for thousands of very sick children, brought closer to Acre’s heart when they saved the life of the daughter of one of our colleagues. GOSH is one of the most acclaimed children’s hospitals in the world, dealing with over 220,000 patient visits annually. The hospital and it’s associated charity urgently needs support to help with their hospital rebuilding and refurbishment, funding the upgrade of vital equipment, providing ground-breaking research in to the development of new treatments as well as providing accommodation and support for children and their families when staying at the hospital.

Latest Blog Posts

  • 24 Peaks: Reflecting on the view from the top

    Posted on 03 February 2015 by Lydia

    24 Peaks: Reflecting on the view from the top

    “Without the fantastic support of companies like Acre and their staff, Great Ormond Street Hospital wouldn’t be able to continue providing world class care to thousands of children every year.”

  • 24 peaks in 24 hours!

    Posted on 25 October 2014 by Helen

    24 peaks in 24 hours!

    Despite being the fittest I’ve been in a long time, this has been the hardest thing I have I ever done.

  • Acre’s Charity Gig

    Posted on 09 October 2014 by Simone

    Acre’s Charity Gig

    24 peaks in 24 hours was always going to be tough but I was quietly confident. My challenge was in suggesting we organise a live gig night to raise money!

  • Comedy for a great cause

    Posted on 12 September 2014 by Jess

    Comedy for a great cause

    “The 12th September saw some terrific comedic talent come through the doors of the Savoy Tup…and the comedians were pretty funny too!“

  • Sustainable wine & locally sourced canapés in aid of GOSH

    Posted on 07 September 2014 by Bairbre

    Sustainable wine & locally sourced canapés in aid of GOSH

    ‘an organic and biodynamic Italian red grown by local cooperative using traditional methods’

  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Acre’s training weekend??

    Posted on 24 July 2014 by Lydia

    Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Acre’s training weekend??

    There were a few stiff legs and blisters the next day, but the weekend has certainly opened up my eyes to what’s in line for September

  • Meet the members of Team GOSH

    Posted on 16 July 2014 by Raquel

    Meet the members of Team GOSH

    Team GOSH comprises of a really mixed bag of individuals! Meet the inspiring members of the Acre team who have accepted the gruelling challenge.

  • A gruelling challenge awaits

    Posted on 15 July 2014 by Jamie - Exped Adventures

    A gruelling challenge awaits

    Challenge guides Jamie Annetts and Sam Westcott from Exped Adventure provides the low down of the tough challenge that awaits the Acre team – they have no idea what they are in for!

  • Acre’s World Cup “Tourney”

    Posted on 14 July 2014 by Michael

    Acre’s World Cup “Tourney”

    The two-week “tourney” raised £135 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and placed us one step closer to our 24 Peaks goal.

  • The Great Acre Clothes Swap!

    Posted on 12 July 2014 by Beth

    The Great Acre Clothes Swap!

    In just a couple of hours of fashion fun we managed to raise £150

  • Annabel’s story

    Posted on 05 July 2014 by Beth

    Annabel’s story

    Beth Mitchell, a colleague of the Acre team tells the story of how GOSH saved the life of her daughter.