Local team take on Three Peaks Challenge for The Accessible Workshop

Tom Chettle and colleagues from Buckinghamshire Council will be embarking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, on 17 July, in memory of their colleague Andy Leach. In doing so, they will be raising money for Talkback’s Accessible Workshop.

On July 17 the team will attempt to conquer the three spectacular fells of Whernside (736m), Ingleborough (723m) and Pen-y-Ghent (694m). They will cover 39km and climb over 1700m in just 12 hours.

They have taken up this challenge in memory of their colleague Andy Leach who sadly passed away last year. Andy was passionate about supporting autistic individuals and people with a learning disability. So, they decided to raise money for Talkback and The Accessible Workshop.

Visiting The Accessible Workshop

Tom and members of the team took some time out of their training recently, to visit The Accessible Workshop and to see for themselves the work they do.

“It was great to meet Neil and the members of the Accessible Workshop. We were able to see first-hand the practical skills the members are developing. It was an inspiring visit for us. And to know our fundraising will aid the ongoing growth and running of the workshop is fantastic!”

Neil Sainsbury, Head of Adult Services for Talkback, said: “The members loved meeting Tom and his colleagues. They showed them the toy project they are working on. They were delighted to be able to thank them for their support of the workshop. And, of course, to wish them good luck. We’ll all be cheering them on.”

What does The Accessible Workshop do?

The Accessible Workshop enables people with a learning disability and autistic people to develop woodworking and practical skills. They make a variety of items such as planters, bird houses and candle holders, which are available to buy. Funds were recently raised to purchase new equipment and tools for the workshop. A larger space is now required so we can offer this opportunity to more of our members. This reflects Andy’s interest in helping autistic people and those with a learning disability to secure employment.

To support the group with their challenge, please donate to their fundraising page