Peaky Climbers raise over £26,000 for charity

A team of optometrists has completed the Three Peaks Challenge

Sandip Doshi, Jay Lad and Nimish Desai

Three optometrists have raised over £26,000 for five different charities by climbing the three largest mountains in the UK.

The Peaky Climbers – Sandip Doshi, Jay Lad and Nimish Desai (pictured left to right) – scaled Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis over three days in June as part of the Three Peaks Challenge.

Mr Lad told OT: “The challenge was quite a task. Temperatures reached a record 30-degrees at Snowdon and Ben Nevis.”

He explained that each mountain takes six to eight hours to complete, but Scafell Pike took almost 10 hours coming down due to heat exhaustion. 

The idea to take on the challenge came about as Mr Lad had a desire to make a difference and raise money for charity, following his mother’s diagnosis of dementia.

The team of optometrists, who graduated together from City, University of London in 1989, initially aimed to raise £10,000 for Dementia UK, Mind, Hope Against Cancer, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and India Direct.

The current fundraising total stands at over £26,000. The donation page will remain live until the end of September.