Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge 2014 Winner Announced
This year, UK outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse re-launched its successful Charity Challenge competition with an increased prize donation of £10,000 up for grabs. This year’s competition attracted over 400 entries and over 60,000 social media shares.
The winner of the Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge 2014 competition in the public vote category, winning a £5,000 donation for their chosen charity, is Tracey Ames, who took on the Big Dipper – a 1 mile long, 500ft high zip line at Zipworld in Snowdonia – to raise money for Greyhound Gap.
Greyhound Gap is a small independent charity that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome greyhounds. The charity is funded almost entirely by donations and looks after up to 60 dogs at any one time – successfully rehoming around 150 dogs each year.
Attracting close to 4,000 public votes, Tracey Ames was absolutely thrilled to win £5,000 for Greyhound Gap – a very large amount of money for a small charity. Ames told Mountain Warehouse, “I am absolutely delighted, honoured and overwhelmed that we have won the £5,000 for Greyhound Gap. Mountain Warehouse’s charity challenge involved a lot of people working together and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that took part in the initial zip line challenge and to everybody that voted. The money will take the pressure off for Greyhound Gap in the run up to Christmas as funds are always tighter at this time of year.
These funds will specifically be used towards their kennel fees which are nearly £6,000 per month. It will allow Greyhound Gap to continue their excellent work in rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing dogs so that they can have a life free from pain and neglect.“
The 2014 Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge also offered prizes for Three Peaks Challenge and Kilimanjaro challengers, as well as Help for Heroes fundraisers. The winners of the £2,000 Help for Heroes prize, chosen by the charity, are Mark Hagan, who completed a 100km trek across the Sahara Desert, and Lynsey Fitzpatrick, who will this year climb all 282 of Scotland’s Munros, which are over 3000ft high. Both winners will each receive a £1,000 donation towards Help for Heroes.
The £2,000 prize for the Kilimanjaro challenge went to Edwin Hicks, who climbed Kilimanjaro in September in aid of Weston Hospicecare, and the winner of the £1,000 prize for the Three Peaks Challenge category is Gavin Hughes. Gavin climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mt Snowdon with 7 others in under 24 hours in June this year in aid of RNLI’s Andy Cantle Forever by the Sea Fund.
Mountain Warehouse’s Founder, Mark Neale said, “I’m thrilled with the response to the Charity Challenge this year. We’ve had some fantastic entries from real outdoor enthusiasts taking on some brilliant challenges. It’s great to see the prize money going towards such great causes. Well done to the winners and all who entered.”
About Mountain Warehouse
Mountain Warehouse is the largest outdoor retailer in the UK with over 170 stores nationwide. The brand was
first established in 1997 by founder Mark Neale and now serves over 3 million outdoor-loving customers a
year. The outdoor retailer caters for an extensive range of outdoor activities, including walking, running,
cycling, camping and skiing, with a wide range of equipment and clothing for the whole family. Mountain
Warehouse is focused on offering a growing customer base the best gear and the best service at the best