Reaching new heights: how a team from HMP East Sutton Park took on Three Peaks and raised £3,000!


Earlier this year, a team from HMP East Sutton Park in Kent took on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Refuge.

Four employees fro HMP East Sutton holding a flag, wearing Refuge tshirts, at the top of a mountain.

In just three days, Stacey, John, Jo and Matt beat Great Britain’s three highest peaks and raised £3,000 – as if that were not enough, they even found time to write a blog about their adventure.

Ben Nevis

We began our ascent at 7am after an overnight stop in Carlisle. The track up Ben Nevis mainly consists of rocky steps made for people with exceptionally long legs, which none of us have! Despite our early battles with uneven surfaces and midge bites, we made good progress and soon reached the waterfall, marking the half-way point.

Being late June, the weather had been pleasant, yet ascending the zig-zag path to the summit, we were soon enveloped in mist. As we neared the summit, we crossed the snow line – and after a quick snowball fight – we made our way to the top of Britain’s highest mountain.

Three people walking on Ben Nevis

Scafell Pike

After a six-hour drive to Scafell Pike and a good night’s rest, we began to climb the trail to our next summit without incident. On nearing it, three of us decided to scramble up ‘Mickledore’ gully, but John took the better-trodden route to the top!

We all met at the top, and having each eaten a peanut butter and jam bagel (recommended for all mountaineers!), we quickly descended. Next stop: Wales.


It was a mixture of emotions when we found ourselves standing at the beginning of the miners’ track at the foot of Snowden. We were looking forward to resting our legs – but we also didn’t want the experience to end!

As we travelled along the miners’ track, we stopped a few times to take in the magnificent views, and cool down in the lakes.

After lunch at the summit, surrounded by spectacular views, we climbed over Crib y Ddysgal, and continued towards Bwlch Coch. Here, we decided to each attempt a different descent before meeting back in the car park for well-earned drinks.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will, no doubt, return to the mountains again.

The best news was that we raised £3,000 for Refuge, and knowing that we have contributed towards helping women and children experiencing domestic abuse is the greatest achievement.

Everyone at Refuge would like to thank Jo, Stacey, Matt and John – and all our amazing fundraisers – for their incredible hard work and commitment!

Feeling inspired?

Perhaps a little more sedentary, it was nevertheless a busy summer for the Refuge community and events fundraising team, who were working away in London on a new exciting suite of fundraising activities, from skydives to trekking and overseas events, like The Great Wall of China. They hope there will be something to inspire everyone.

The team also attended the annual National Student Fundraising Conference in Bristol in August where they met experienced and passionate student Raising and Giving (RAG) officers and spoke to them all about Refuge’s work.

Autumn is set to be another exciting time at Refuge. Our dedicated runners recently tackled the Royal Parks Half Marathon and at the end of the month is #TeamRefuge’s first-ever spooktacular London Halloween Walk on 27 October.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit our events webpages.

With thanks to Stacey, John, Jo and Matt for providing the photos for this blog.