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Soldiers scale new heights in fundraising challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:52 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

SQUADDIES and police scaled three of the UK s mountains to raise money for charity. The soldiers, from the Territorial Army (TA) centre in Bromley Road have just tallied up their sponsorship and have smashed their £2,000 target after totalling £6,628.80

SQUADDIES and police scaled three of the UK's mountains to raise money for charity.

The soldiers, from the Territorial Army (TA) centre in Bromley Road have just tallied up their sponsorship and have smashed their £2,000 target after totalling £6,628.80.

Royal Engineer and Kent police constable Corporal Matt Emery, 31, who lives in Maidstone and is based at Catford TA Centre, organised the trek up Scotland's Ben Nevis, Wales' Snowdonia and England's Scafell Pike.

The money from the event, which happened in June, was split between Help the Heroes and Hospice Wisdom Cancer Trust and cheque was presented to the charities this month.

Mr Emery said: "We had a team from my police station and my TA unit. We had 24 hours to get around the country to the three peaks and climb them all within the time frame.

"We began the challenge in Scotland completing Ben Nevis in good time - we were all full of adrenalin which kept us going, so it was hard to sleep in between mountains. We arrived at Scafell Pike in good spirits and set off with gusto but half way up the size of the task began to hit home. Nevertheless we completed Scafell and Ben Nevis in good time but not so excited as tiredness began to settle in for everyone.

"So we set of for our final destination which was Snowdonia again in good time, but technology caught up with us, we relied on the sat nav but it let us down and took us 60 miles from our destination, we all panicked as time was now against us.

"We arrived at Snowdonia with four hours to complete the task. We had renewed vigour as failure was not an option at this stage. It was a real struggle but we managed to finish the task with 27 minutes to spare.

"We all knew it would be hard but it was much harder than we had dreamed. I was really proud to have achieved it and now we want to do something different next year like walking Hadrian's Wall.

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