A group of students from Cheltenham College will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge on Tuesday 1 August, attempting to climb the tallest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in just 24 hours.
Eddie Capelastegui, James Drysdale and Charles O’Bryan, alongside their Housemaster Richard Penny will be completing the challenge in aid of the James Hopkins Trust – the House’s charity of the year, which provides nursing respite care for young disabled children in Gloucestershire.
“We’re looking forward to the experience, but we know it’s going to be a tough one to complete, especially within the short timeframe”, commented Eddie.
“Our aim is to raise £2000 for the James Hopkins Trust”, continued James, “and if we reach that target it will make it all worthwhile!”
The team of Upper Sixth students has been training to climb Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis for several weeks and have completed training walks around Gloucestershire. This challenge is the latest in fundraising activities, including a sponsored canoe race and a family fun day that the House has completed so far this year, already raising £1985 for the trust.
Charles remarked, “Having met and spent time with the children that the trust looks after, we really wanted to give something back and raise as much money as possible to help make their lives more comfortable.”
Sarah James, Head of Fundraising at the charity commented, “It’s great that the boys have decided to support the James Hopkins Trust. It’s a demanding task to complete within a day and we wish them all the best. The money they raise will go towards the cost of helping and caring for families throughout Gloucestershire who have children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.”
Eddie, James and Charles hope to have completed the climbs and be back in Cheltenham by 10.00pm on Wednesday 2 August. If you would like to support their fundraising, please text KONB67 £5 to 70070 or visit their Justgiving page where you can make a donation – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/24hourthreepeaks