Reading based company, ESP Global Services, set themselves a fundraising target this year of £5,000 to help fund our work to support children and families through bereavement. With this target already beaten, they are now aiming for a new goal of £10,000 by the end of the year.

Having already completed a number of challenges this year they were looking for something to stretch them even further. Although it is rare to find a challenge that lives up to and then surpasses its billing, the Welsh 3000s certainly does. Any one of the 15 mountains that form part of this trek would be a challenge, but doing them all in the space of 24 hours pushes the amateur walker to the extremes; physically, mentally and emotionally.

Chairman Mike Harling has tackled the National Three Peaks challenge several times, and it was easy to think this would be much of the same, just a bit longer. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The first peak, Crib Goch, a ridge that stretches 200m with sheer drops either side would be daunting on a clear still day, but add in a howling gale and lashing rain and it severely tested even the best in the group. Where the Three Peaks sticks to well established paths, the Welsh 3000s encourages you to find the shortest route to the next peak, which involves physically grinding ascents, rapid descents - slipping and sliding over wet rocks and grass or through miles of loose shale. Hard on the legs, the knees and the mind as each step needs to be carefully planned.

It broke some of the team after 16 hours, with the prospect of another 7 hours in the dark and rain being just too much. But five of the intrepid volunteers battled on through the night and finished at 5am, 24 hours after starting.

Gruelling and truly exhausting, the reason the team put themselves through this was of course the fundraising for Daisy’s Dream. They managed to raise a further £3,000, taking the total so far this year to over £8,000. Their new target of £10,000 is now in sight!