NoW staff gets high in bonding session

The News of the World took staff bonding to a higher level, as 32 editorial executives climbed the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales.

Editor Andy Coulson led a team which included almost all the editorial management. The oldest climber was executive editor Bob Warren, 70.

All 32 made it up Ben Nevis – and 13 completed all three peaks.

The NoW execs divided into teams according to ability. With driving between the mountains included, the fastest group negotiated all three peaks in 22 hours. They included assistant editor (news) Ian Edmondson, assistant editor (features) Jules Stenson and associate editor (news and pictures) Gary Thompson.

Other climbers included deputy editor Neil Wallis, showbiz editor Rav Singh, PR supremo Hayley Barlow and lawyer Tom Crone.

The hike is expected to raise around £30,000 for causes including Evelina Children’s Hospital and the Journalists’ Charity.

Coulson said: “Rather than just do a normal thinktank, we thought we’d do something a bit different this year.”

He said the expedition had provided “a fantastic sense of cameraderie”, adding: “When it’s the middle of the night, pouring with rain and you’re half way up Sca Fell Pike, it’s those around you that you rely on to get you up there.”

The complete team is pictured at the foot of Ben Nevis on Sunday.

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