Giving themselves 24 hours, 18-year-olds, Jack Evans and Sam Alford (school friends from Storrington) took on the Three Peaks challenge, trekking some of the largest mountains in Britain to raise funds for their local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.
The pair set off on their ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland at sunrise on Wednesday the 20th of October, before heading south to Scafell Pike and then finishing in Wales to arrive at the summit of Snowdon before the sun rose the next day.
Covering 23 miles with a total ascent of 3,064 metres, the Three Peaks challenge is not for the faint-hearted. Before they set off, Jack said “The challenge will be tough, but we’re super excited and looking forward to it. We’ve been doing training treks through the South Downs, but we know that’s nothing compared to the challenge ahead of us.”
However, the school friends are no strangers to endurance challenges, having taken on a mammoth bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End after their A-Levels in June, raising over £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Speaking about why they chose to fundraise for their local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, Jack said: “Chestnut Tree House was a no brainer really. We wanted to fundraise for a local charity so we could really see the impact our support was making. The work that the hospice does is so important and the feedback we have had from everyone supporting us has been incredible.”
Jack and Sam set themselves a fundraising target of £1,000, of which they have currently raised £480. To support the pair, visit: www.fundraising/jack-evans-and-sam-alford