Team members from Baguette N Go on the High Street will be swapping sandwiches for vertical adventure and taking on the Three Peaks Challenge this June 12.
Shop owner Tommy Farrell, and his cousin Jamie Brown, who works part-time at the store, are hoping to scale the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Tommy’s business partner Brian Dodds will be driving the adventurous duo to the foot of each peak, and Jamie’s younger brother Jack Brown will be navigating.
Tommy told the Hawick News: “We’re doing it for my seven-year-old stepbrother Kerr, who recently had major neurological surgery. Kerr suffers from Right Cortical Dysplasia and Symptomatic Epilepsy, both conditions he was born with.
“At his worst, Kerr was having seizures every 30 to 40 minutes. Fortunately his surgery was a success.”
To express his gratitude to Great Ormond Street, Tommy decided to undertake the charity challenge to raise funds for the hospital’s new Koala ward, and the team from Baguette N Go were keen to assist.
“We’re aiming to break 24-hours and raise £1,000,” said Tommy.
As well as attempting to scale the three giant peaks, navigating across the country could also prove to be a challenge. “We’re nervous about the weather, as it’s something that can affect the timing, but traffic is also a huge factor,” he said.
“We’ve decided to start at 6pm, which means our first stop is Ben Nevis, which we’re hoping to climb in about five hours.
“If we finish when it’s getting dark, then we can drive 230 miles into England through the night, so we’ll have the best chance of missing the traffic.
“I play football and mixed martial arts but hiking is new to me. Jamie and I have been doing a lot of training, including climbing munros all over Scotland, which are mountains at least 3,000 feet high, so hopefully we’ll be well prepared.”
To sponsor the Three Peaks Challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/3peakstommy