Scottish Friendly colleagues undertake the National Three Peaks Challenge and raise £14,000 in aid of Action for Children

  • Eight Scottish Friendly colleagues have successfully undertaken the National Three Peaks Challenge

  • Colleagues raised £14,000 for Action for Children

  • Representatives from Action for Children attended Scottish Friendly’s recent colleague celebration event in order to meet the colleagues and receive a cheque for their fundraising efforts

Alan Rankine, Brian Tonner, Colin Sergeant, Jason Arnstein, Kate Barr, Kyle West, Mhairi Donaldson and Rachael Smith successfully undertook the National Three Peaks Challenge. CEO Stephen McGee acted as bus driver for the team throughout their challenge.  

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England, and Wales, within twenty-four hours.  The three mountains are Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345 meters), Scafell Pike in England (978 meters), and Snowdon in Wales (1085 meters).  The total walking distance is approximately 23 miles, the total ascent is 3064 meters, and the total driving distance is 462 miles, all to be done in twenty-four hours or less!

The team departed from Galbraith House, HQ for Scottish Friendly and completed Ben Nevis first, before taking on Scafell Pike and finally embarking on Snowdon, in darkness.  The team successfully completed this challenge with just 12 minutes to spare.

The team raised just over £7,000 which was matched by Scottish Friendly, raising a total of £14,000 for the charity.

Stephen McGee, CEO of Scottish Friendly commented:

“We are all extremely proud of our colleagues who successfully completed this challenge and raised such an amazing contribution to our charity partner, Action for Children.  We would like to thank everyone who has donated to such a worthwhile cause."

"Our colleagues wanted to support a great cause to those children who need it most in these difficult times and we hope that the funds raised will aid Action for children in continuing the incredible work they continue to do for those Scottish households most in need."


Fiona Steel, Action for Children National Director for Scotland commented:

"We are extremely grateful to the support from Scottish Friendly and the colleagues who undertook this challenge, raising a significant amount of money that will go a long way to helping vulnerable children across Scotland."

"The last few years have been incredibly hard on many families across Scotland and, unfortunately, 2023 is going to continue to be a challenging period for many."

"Action for Children will continue to support children, young people and families and this support and donation will aid Action for Children in doing this.  The support from Scottish Friendly colleagues is very much appreciated and will allow us to continue to support vulnerable children, young people, and their families through these difficult times."


Heather Mcroberts, PR & Communications, Scottish Friendly


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About Scottish Friendly

Scottish Friendly is a leading UK mutual life and investments organisation. It provides investors and their families with a wide range of investment and protection solutions and provides life and investment products and services to other financial organisations.

Scottish Friendly has roots stretching back to 1862. Established as the City of Glasgow Friendly Society, its name changed in October 1992 when it took over Scottish Friendly Assurance.

In recent years Scottish Friendly has significantly restructured its business. The Group has flourished through a three-part growth strategy of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and business process outsourcing.

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