Peaks challenge sees firm take We Can Do It business award

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IT WAS a great moment for the Ideal Window Solutions team when they reached the bottom of Snowdon.

The staff had set themselves a task of climbing the three tallest peaks in the UK in just 24 hours.

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Ideal Window Solutions with their award after winning Best Business.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5778) PPP-140211-204726001

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Ideal Window Solutions with their award after winning Best Business.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5778) PPP-140211-204726001

In the end, the team climbed Ben Nevis, in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon, in Wales, in just 22hrs 45 min raising £14,000 for Cancer Research UK.

This feat earned them the Best Business award at the We Can Do It awards ceremony at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

They came just ahead of some other brilliant nominations in the Best Business category.

This included Luvvit Want It who were announced as runners-up for their participation in the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

But the team from Ideal Window Solution were picked as the winners.

They got inspiration for their challenge to fundraise for Cancer Research UK from sales and marketing director Thom Emerson who has lung cancer.

But everyone in the team had known someone affected by the illness.

Managing director Chris Palmer said: ‘We were delighted when we won.

‘We were really pleased but it was a complete shock.

‘We all know someone who has suffered with cancer and someone in our group is suffering with it so that was our reasoning behind the challenge.

‘It was just a really good feeling knowing we had helped people with cancer and donated to such a great charity.’

Eight staff members plus two others connected to the Fareham-based firm took on the challenge but never expected to raise so much.

Chris added: ‘We set ourselves the target of £10,000 which we thought would be difficult enough.

‘There was a point when the fundraising slowed down so to get to £14,000 was incredible.’

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