Tingewick man helps build Britain’s highest hotel room

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A Travelodge employee from Tingewick has helped build a hotel room at the top of Ben Nevis in a charity challenge.

Steve Jenkins was part of a 36-strong team which climbed the 1,344-metre peak carrying walls, a bed, duvet, and other furnishings at the end of June.

The successful challenge raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Jenkins said: “The weather was atrocious, the climate on the summit was sub-arctic and we basically spent most of our time on Ben Nevis shrouded in cloud.

“The terrain is very steep and exhausting. It took us four hours to ascend Ben Nevis, two hours to construct the room and then two hours and 30 minutes to descend.

“It was certainly worth the pain, as the views from the highest hotel room in Britain were breathtaking.

“The team are absolutely thrilled to have accomplished the mission and it is a great feeling of achievement, as not many people can say they have carried and built a hotel room on top of Britain’s highest mountain.

“In support of our quest, we are delighted to have raised over £60,000 for our nominated charity Macmillan Cancer Support.”

The team was led by Travelodge’s managing director for property and international, Paul Harvey.

He said: “It was certainly one of the hardest constructions we have ever undertaken.

“The terrain is very steep and exhausting, and all that weight makes it even more of a challenge.”

Macmillan Cancer Support spokesman Sally Hill said: “This was a really impressive feat by their team and Macmillan is so grateful for their support.