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Sammy's Gang climb Ben Nevis for charity

25 May 2018

Sammy's Gang, a group of fundraising colleagues who work closely with Mansfield Town Football in the Community, climbed Ben Nevis to raise money for three different charities.

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing 1,345 metres above sea level.

Sammy's Gang climbed the mountain to raise money for Mansfield Town Football in the Community, The Thomas Cook Children's Charity and Prostate Cancer UK.

The group, named after Mansfield Town mascot Sammy the Stag, have raised over £5,500 for charity, and set themselves a target of £3,000 for the Ben Nevis walk.

Gary Shaw, Mansfield Town's Football in the Community manager, who was among the group who took part in the climb last Sunday, said the three-and-a-half hour walk was the most difficult thing he has ever done.

"I have never experienced anything so difficult in my life," he said. "I managed to complete the task of getting to the top in three-and-a-half hours. After two to two-and-a-half hours I felt exhausted and I wanted to call it a day. But mentally I knew I needed to keep going. 
 
"My colleagues Lynky and Macca were walking with me for majority of the way but they found themselves ahead of me by a hour in the end. 
 
"Upon reaching the summit I can only describe the weather conditions as sub-zero temperatures, windy, snow, rain. Ben Nevis has it all. Even sunshine at the bottom!
 
"I would recommend the challenge of walking up Ben Nevis but don't underestimate the conditions of the Ben."
 
You can still donate to Sammy's Gang following their walk, by clicking here.

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