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Construction staff raise thousands by scaling Three Peaks

About 20 staff from a South Wales house builder raised more than £1,000 for Armed Forces veterans by climbing three of the highest mountains in Wales.

Staff from Persimmon Homes East Wales scaled Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan within just 15 hours to raise money for Alabaré.

The intrepid group left from Persimmon’s headquarters in Llantrisant at 10pm on a Friday night and began climbing Snowdon in the dark at 3.15am.

It was then onto Cadair Idris before finishing with Pen y Fan at around 6.30pm.

Marking co-ordinator Sarah Foulkes said there were a few sore legs in the office on the following Monday morning.

“We walked the Miners’ Track at Snowdon, which was very picturesque but very difficult, even more so coming down than going up,” said Sarah, of Llanharan.

“Cadair Idris was even tougher than Snowden and seemed to go on forever. On the way down it was like walking on glass.

“We managed to complete Pen y Fan in around an hour-and-a-half before a well-deserved meal and sleep.

“It was really hard work – but a great day, and well worth it for a great cause.”

Amongst the group were Persimmon Homes East Wales managing director Martin Smith (Pontypridd), Andy Baker Edwards (Cardiff Bay), Claire Groom, Owen Gent, Daryl Jones (Tonyrefail),

Sam Cowburn (Usk), Tom Graham (Brynna), Aileen Grant (Bridgend) and Ellisha Hughes (Aberdare).

The team has raised about £1,500 for Alabaré, which supports Armed Forces veterans by providing accommodation, signposting them to health services, helping them to find new employment and dealing with any drug or alcohol issues.

Persimmon Homes has strong links with the Armed Forces and recently took on its 100th ex-military recruit as part of its Combat to Construction initiative.

Persimmon Homes has developments located across East Wales, including in Newport, Barry, Pontypridd and Aberdare.