Nine teams from the asset finance provider Lombard have pledged to raise £45,000 for the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) by taking part in the gruelling Lombard 24 Peaks Challenge in the Lake District.
The teams will scale 24 peaks over 2,400 feet in 24 hours to raise money to support deaf children and their families from June 7-8.
There are two teams based in Lombard's Birmingham office in Brindleyplace taking part.
Team leader Paul Dudley said: "We took part in the NDCS Three Peaks Challenge in 2006, and the Lombard 24 Peaks Challenge 2007. This year we have nine teams taking part so it will be a fantastic achievement when we reach the finish line knowing we've raised so much money for deaf children in the UK.
Team leader Rob Davey added: "The challenge involves walking 31 miles in just one day with lengthy descents and steep ascents. We know it will be tough, and we have a lot of training to do before we set off, but we're really looking forward to supporting each other and making sure we reach the finish line in under 24 hours."
Lombard, the UK's leading asset finance provider is the corporate partner for this year's event.
Managing director Paul Lynam explains why it is involved. "As a leading UK employer we are keen to become a community partner as well as an economic partner in the communities we work with. We are impressed by the work of the NDCS and we are delighted to be involved again with this year's event. It is great that the challenge has been so warmly embraced by our staff. This will be a real physical challenge, but to know that the efforts of so many will make a real difference to so many lives is a fantastic incentive."
More information about events is available by calling NDCS Challenges on: 0870 7747774 or visit: www.ndcschallenges. org.uk.