The Big Climb for the Big C

Passion, dedication and ambition are three qualities we like a lot here at OneAgency. Add to the mix, a determination to succeed and the desire to push yourself to be the best you can be and, well, you’ve pretty much described our ideal candidate for any role.

As it stands, all of the above – and more – apply to our digital creative, David Cannell, who will in June take all these qualities he demonstrates in the workplace and put them towards scaling the three tallest mountains in the UK – Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike (pictured) and Mount Snowdon.

The Three Peaks Challenge is the UK’s biggest mountain challenge and is not for the faint-hearted, here’s why: 3,407 metres of climbing (nearly 10,000ft!) and a total walking distance of 36km (22m) is hard enough, but factor in a hazardous night climb, the inevitable blisters, the changeable British weather and the very real danger that climbing itself poses (especially in the dark!) and I’m sure we’re all about now reaching for our wallets to make David a donation…

Here we catch up with David and ask him: why?

“I like to challenge myself,” he says. “Last year I ran a half marathon to raise money for The Big C and I really liked everything about doing it, the training beforehand, the camaraderie of the actual race and the fundraising. So I decided to set myself another challenge for 2017 and it’s very much for personal reasons I decided to do the Three Peaks Challenge. I haven’t been to Ben Nevis or Scarfell Pike and I haven’t been to Mount Snowdon since I was seven! I also haven’t challenged myself this much before.

“While scaling Britain’s three highest mountains in just 24 hours is a huge personal endeavour, the money I raise for The Big C, which is a charity very close to my heart, will go a little way to making a big difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. I’m half way to target and it would be really motivational to reach target before I do the challenge in June.”

Having been privy to David’s training programme, nutrition plan and kit list, which in itself is quite the undertaking, all we can do now is wish David the very best for the actual climb!

David’s JustGiving pot can be found here: