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Three peaks in one day by Cotteswold Dairy staff to raise money for little Isla

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Written by: Gloucestershire Echo | Posted 09 May 2016 6:47

Three peaks in one day by Cotteswold Dairy staff to raise money for little Isla

Staff at a dairy company climbed the three highest mountains in Britain in less than 24 hours to raise money for disabled girl Isla Haffield.

The 20 workers from Cotteswold Dairy headed to Scotland on Friday to take on the Three Peaks Challenge.

Nine of the workers completed the challenge, which saw them scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales in 23 hours, 23 minutes.

The other 11 climbers will have to wait to complete the challenge after a puncture to their minibus scuppered their plans.

But thanks for their mountaineering efforts, the team are close to reaching their overall target of £10,000 to help three-year-old Isla, who lives with mum Kate and dad Jason in Up Hatherley, Cheltenham.

Roseanna McEwan, Cotteswold Dairy’s marketing manager, said completing the challenge felt “incredible.”

She said: “It was such a mission to get up Snowdon. It’s a huge personal achievement and something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

“It’s lovely to be able to know we can help someone less fortunate than ourselves, and make a real difference to the family’s lives.”

Isla has cerebral palsy and her parents are trying to raise £80,000 to cover the cost of an operation in America and after-care too.

She was born 12 weeks early and is unable to sit, crawl, walk or stand unaided.

The surgery will be too ease her pain and stiffness and help make her dream of walking come true.

The Tewkesbury workers took around four hours to scale each mountain.

The team of 11 who missed out on Snowdon will go back and complete the challenge in the next couple of weeks.

Roseanna, who completed the challenge with her sister Louise Woodward, Cotteswold Dairy’s customer development manager, and brother George Workman, managing director of the firm, said the gruelling climbs were worth it. She said: “It’s short term pain for us for a long term gain for her. We all take walking for granted, but Isla is three-years-old and we haven’t had that opportunity yet. We wanted to do it for her.”

Neil Morris who works in maintenance at Cotteswold Dairy, added: ‘The challenge we took was nothing compared to what Isla is going to be facing in the months and years coming up.”

Go to www.justgiving.com/Dairy to donate to the cause.

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