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GMAC scale familiar heights for charity

A group of athletic GMAC Financial Services (UK) employees scaled the highest mountains in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland in just under 48 hours to raise £6,400 for charity.

The group, made up of three climbers and a driver who ferried the trio the 1,900 miles between the four peaks in a vehicle supplied by Vauxhall, has now completed the exhausting challenge an 20 times between them – eight of them by GMAC brand manager Barry Willson.

Willson was joined by brothers Dave Bradley (driver), GMAC project manager and Mark Bradley, GMAC regional manager. The brothers have now completed the four peaks challenge an seven times and five times respectively. The fourth team member, GMAC regional manager Tim Whaley, scaled the peaks for his first time this year.

The team joined 180 competitors who all had to climb Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Snowdon and Carantouhill (totalling 14,000 feet) within 48 hours to successfully complete the Vauxhall Four Peaks Challenge - the GMAC team finished in a time of 47 hours and 19 minutes.

The event, now in its 16th year, is expected to raise nearly £500,000 for Wooden Spoon, the charity of the British and Irish Rugby Unions. In the past five years the event has raised around £2 million for Wooden Spoon, which helps disadvantaged children and young people across the country.

Willson said: "I must be a glutton for punishment as I’ve now completed this event eight times, and it is just as gruelling as ever! It’s mentally as well as physically challenging, but the sense of achievement is phenomenal. Carantouhill was particularly arduous this year as the weather was abysmal – without doubt it was one of my toughest climbs yet."

"I am incredibly proud that the GMAC team raised so much money for Wooden Spoon and my huge thanks go to everyone who supported us so generously. It was great to fly the GMAC flag alongside our GM sister company Vauxhall at such a worthwhile event."

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