Three peaks challenge for Duncton students

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Adventure is on the agenda for a group of teenagers – beginning with the Three Peaks Challenge in England, Scotland and Wales at the weekend.

Next summer, the group – all students at Seaford College, Duncton – have their eye on travels much further from home, taking part in a school expedition to Borneo.

But the 15-year-olds: Abbie Hansford from Redford, James and Alexander Watts from Midhurst, James King of Northchapel, Jack Ghinn from Upperton, Georgia Bardon, who lives at Graffham, and Tilly Gurney from Godalming, have a mountain to climb first.

Each must raise £3,500 to fund the four-week charitable trip, and because they are legally too young to take on any full-time holiday jobs, they are finding all sorts of other ways to bring in the necessary cash.

So, on Saturday, all of them except Georgia will be embarking on the Three Peaks Challenge to climb Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon in three consecutive days, weather permitting.

Abbie’s mother, Marion, said the group would welcome sponsorship for the challenge.

“As they are under 16 they can’t boost their fundraising with regular work due to employment legislation so raising £3,500 is quite difficult,” Mrs Hansford said.

“They have been doing bits and bobs locally and are trying very hard. They know they have to do it to take part in the expedition.”

Next year’s trip will involve them in helping to improve educational infrastructure and living conditions of rural communities in the Sabah region of Borneo, wildlife and marine conservation, and an adventure element undertaking a water diving course.

The experience is designed to help them acquire and develop some important life skills that will assist their transition into further education and employment.

Any local businesses or individuals who would like to help them on their way by sponsoring their Three Peaks attempt can contact Abbie Hansford on 01428 654866, email abbiehansford@hotmail.com