Local man Dan Brice, has just donated £1100 to the Exmoor Search and Rescue team which he raised after completing a virtual West Country Three Peaks sponsored event!
Dan, who is the Operations Director at Channel UK Events CIC, who are based in Minehead set up the ‘Stay Home – Virtual Challenges’ an initiative during the Covid -19 lockdown, to encourage participation in physical activity within the confines of your own home.
He created a virtual ‘Westcountry 3 Peaks’ challenge in his own home that would see him ascend the combined height of the three highest points in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, some 1540 metres in total.
Using a range of obstacles such as a climbing frame, a pallet ‘A’ frame and his flat roof garage meant Brice could achieve eight metres of ascent per lap.
Dan set out to complete 200 laps so the total height would be surpassed and at 64.5 meters of travel per lap he would complete a total of 12.88 kilometres (8 miles) of running as well as the ascent and decided to donate the money he raised to the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team, a volunteer blue light service deployed by the Police, who at that time were short of PPE to help them stay safe from COVID-19 when out on an emergency.
After setting up a fundraising page he soon passed his initial target of £500 and by the time he undertook the challenge, which he completed in four hours 38 minutes this had increased to £750, an amount that increased eventually to £1100.
Dan, who spoke to Tone News shortly after the event told us:
“I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people at this very difficult and uncertain time. The funds will make sure many of my friends and colleagues who volunteer for the team can be protected against this awful virus.”
Last week James Bartlett who is a volunteer member of the Exmoor Search and Rescue team called into Mountbatten Nursing Home in Taunton, where Dan also works as Training and Facilities Director to receive the cheque and collect some PPE equipment donated by Mountbatten Nursing Home and Steffan Jones, Director of Sport at Wellington School.
On behalf of Exmoor Search and Rescue I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Dan Brice for the money he raised from his Three Peak Challenge, Richard and Sally Brice at Mountbatten Nursing Home, and Steffan Jones for their hugely generous donation of PPE.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team remains operational and available to provide specialist search and rescue capabilities in support of the emergency services in Devon and Somerset, and the communities we serve.
As a charity, we are entirely dependent on donations, which is why we’re so grateful for the support shown by Dan, Mountbatten Nursing Home and Steffan.
In the photo: James Bartlett( left) Dan Brice (centre) Richard Brice and front Sally Brice from Mountbatten Nursing Home.