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bibliotheca UK staff take part in Three Peaks Challenge

Staff members at bibliotheca’s UK office are to participate in one of the best-known mountain challenge events in Britain on June 16th and 17th in a bid to raise money for national educational charity, Dyslexia Action.

bibliotheca staff members, Dave Bate, Matt Chadbourne, John Cunningham, Sarah Davies, Mike Emery, John Graville, Steve Leach, John Walker and Dave Ward, along Clare Appleby, a representative from our charity partner, Dyslexia Action are to scale the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales as part of the challenge, with the aim of completing the quest in 24 hours or less. The driving between each peak will be provided by bibliotheca’s Andy Chadbourne and David Hewison, allowing teams members to catch up on their sleep and prepare for their next ascent!

The challenge will start at the foot of Ben Nevis, the 1,344 metre peak in the beautiful setting of the Scottish Highlands, at 17:00 on Saturday 16th June and will finish at the foot of the impressive 1,085 metre Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales at 17:00 on Sunday 17th June. In between, participants will visit Scafell Pike in the Lake District, enjoying the fantastic scenery of the region as they ascend the 978 metre mountain.

The National Three Peaks Challenge is one of the toughest mountain challenges in Britain, and over the course of the weekend participants will be required to walk nearly 30 miles, ascend and descend a combined height of over 3400 metres and travel approximately 500 miles by road.

The event has been organised to raise money for bibliotheca’s partner charity, Dyslexia Action. Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. By participating in the challenge bibliotheca hope to raise as much money as possible for the charity so that they can continue to help those affected by dyslexia.

Commenting on his participation in the challenge, Dave Ward, Maintenance Delivery Manager at bibliotheca, says: “I’m really happy to be raising money for such a great cause and one close to my heart. My son was recently diagnosed with dyslexia so that makes the work Dyslexia Action does feel much closer to home for me and my family. I know we are not alone in our situation and hope we can raise much needed funds so the work can continue.”

Clare Appleby, Corporate Account Manager at Dyslexia Action and team member of the challenge comments: “Tackling the Three Peaks is definitely a challenge and one that shows the passion and enthusiasm bibliotheca have shown us throughout our partnership. It is great to work with an organisation that understands the importance of provisions for those with dyslexia and are willing to go the extra mile to help us put these in place. We are extremely grateful for the support the organisation have given us and are excited to continue working together."

To collect donations the team have set up a dedicated ‘Just Giving’ page, which also provides regular updates on the team’s progress as they prepare for the daunting and demanding challenge.

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

About dyslexia

Dyslexia is a hidden disability that not only affects literacy development but can also have an impact on mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills to varying degrees. Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual development. It is biological in origin and is seen to run in families. It affects up to 10% of the UK population at some level and can affect anyone of any age and background.

About Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. It specialises in assessments, teaching and training, as well as developing and distributing teaching materials and undertaking research. It has 26 centres and over 150 teaching locations around the UK.

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