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Local team scales new heights for chart climb

Left to Right Jo Campbell, Henk Van Rein, Peter Close, Tim Rennie and Nicola Connery who will be taking part in the Four Peaks challenge.

STAFF from DOE Environment Heritage in Lisburn will be climbing the highest peaks in Ireland for charity at the end of this month.

The team will be taking the 'four peaks challenge' to raise money for Water Aid, a charity which aims to bring low cost clean water and sanitation to developing countries.

They will scale the four highest peaks in Ireland - Carrauntoohil in County Kerry, Mweelrea in County Mayo, Slieve Donard in County Down and Lugnaquilla in County Wicklow.

A total of 35 people are taking part in the fundraising event and they are hoping to raise 6,000 for the charity.

"Water Aid is one of our chosen charities for the year," explained Alison Murdock, EHS Higher Scientific Officer, "and our head of unit, Dave Foster, came up with the Four Peaks Challenge idea."

Team member Jo Campbell said she and her colleagues had been training in the Mournes, climbing two peaks over two days to replicate what they will be doing at the weekend.

Fundraising for the event has been going so well the party has increased its target from 2000 to 6000. They are even hoping to beat this amount, thanks to the support of local people and businesses.

The team would like to thank its corporate sponsors - RPS Consulting, White Young Green, Mace Superfresh and Rocwell, who are providing it with water. If you would like to support the team and donate to a worthy cause, log onto http://www.justgiving.com/EHS_4_Peaks_Challenge

Ulster Star
25/05/2007