Oakham woman Joanna has high hopes for mountain climb

Johannah Randall EMN-150615-131359001
Johannah Randall EMN-150615-131359001

A woman from Oakham hopes to conquer the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 36 hours.

Johannah Randall from Gilmore Close, in Oakham, began a challenge on Thursday alongside 200 participants to complete the famous Three Peak Challenge to raise money for the Railway Children Charity.

Johannah, who is a senior policy manager at the Department for Transport, said: “My team has put a lot of time and effort into getting fit to help us succeed in what could be the toughest physical and mental challenge any of us have ever had.”

The group will be scaling Mount Snowden, Ben Nevis,and Scafell Pike, which is an estimated equivalent of the group walking up one third of Mount Everest.

Events manager at the Railway Children Charity, Katie Mason, said:“All the money raised from the Three Peaks by Rail challenge will help to ensure we can continue our work supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society.”

The four person team from the Department for Transport Rail Executive, is aiming to each raise money for outreach projects with street children in India, Africa and the in the UK.

Johannah added: “It’s a fantastic cause which makes the challenge all the more worthwhile. Our family and friends are backing us and we now hope our communities will help us reach our target goal of £3,500.”

The endurance challenge which is now in its 12th year, has raised more than £2m, which has helped Railway Children reach 5,000 children at risk.

The Railway Children Charity helps children who are in need of shelter, food, clothing, medical supplies, education and counselling.

To sponsor Johanna Randall in completing the Three Peak Challenge for The Railway Children Charity visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Dft_ThreePeak.