COLLEAGUES are taking to the mountains together to raise cash for a water sanitation project in Nepal.
A team of eight workers from Portsmouth Water, in Havant, will strap on their walking boots and climb to the top of Snowdon in Wales.
They are taking on the challenge as part of Water Aid 200, run by the Water Aid charity, which aims to see a team of walkers top the 200 highest peaks in the UK and Ireland on the same day.
The group – who have named themselves Portsmouth Water Peak Seekers – aim to collect at least £5,000 from their efforts.
That could provide 100 hand pumps for Nepalese people to access clean, safe drinking water.
Water quality analyst Paul Fuller, 23, of Mile End Road, Buckland, said: ‘We’re so lucky to have clean drinking water in this country – it’s something that we don’t even think about.
‘But some people are not so lucky.
‘In Nepal it’s a real struggle for people to get access to water and that’s something we need to help improve.
‘Working with water has brought it home to me just how important that is.’
Paul will take on the 3,560ft trek on Saturday, June 16, alongside six of his colleagues in a bid to raise the cash.
Team leader Tara Ashworth, 39, of Brocklands, Havant, said: ‘Nepal is a mountainous country and people have to go a long way to get safe water.
‘That’s why we went for Mt Snowdon – because it’s the highest mountain in England and Wales.
‘But as well as raising money for the project, we also want to raise awareness of the cause.
‘Access to safe and clean water is something that should be easy in every country and the more we can do to make that the case the better.’
To donate, see justgiving.com/peakseekers