Parents scale three peaks raising over £10,000

A group of parents whose children attend Ashdene Primary School have conquered the National Three Peaks Challenge.

At the beginning of July, they climbed the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours to raise money for charity.

To complete the National Three Peaks the group started at Ben Nevis at 5pm on July 8th with the aim of being down and away by 10pm at the latest.

Neil Hughes said "It really was a challenge from the start. It was zero degrees at the summit with 45 mile per hour winds and mist.

"Mind you there were some braver souls than us as several blind people were doing the walk up the mountain with several guides for assistance."

They will made their way through the night to Scafell Pike for dawn.

Neil said " It isn't easy getting any sleep at all when travelling with so much kit and so many people on the same bus.

"As we start to arrive at Scafell it was still dark and we set off under torch light. Scafell wasn't quite as cold as Ben Nevis but the terrain is much tougher with lots of Boulder Fields. It was very treacherous on the way down with stones slippery due to wet weather at the top. A few slips and trips but no injuries thankfully."

Finally the group headed over to Snowdon to ascend where the weather was completely different reaching as high as 15 degrees on the way down.

Neil added "We all eventually get down safely, Andrew Thompson became "The Man" as he conquered the 24hr target and shed a tear as he crossed the line. I don't think he was expecting such a big cheer not only from his friends but everyone at the finish line who joined in the celebration."

The group has raised over £10,000 which will be split between Ashdene School PTA and the Seashell Trust which providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities.

If you would like to support the group's fundraising efforts donations can be made via their JustGiving page.

Ashdene Primary


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Andrew Wright
Monday 17th July 2017 at 2:02 pm
An excellent and inventive way of raising funds. As a former Governor at Ashdene School I know all to well the important contribution the PTA makes to the school budget. It is the dedication of parents such as these that keep our schools successful. Well done everyone!
Dave Cash
Friday 21st July 2017 at 1:49 am
This activity was partly supported by an emergency WTC grant of ~£600 for hire of a 3rd minibus + additional fuel.
A fact not acknowledged by Ashdene PTA in the report.
Still, good effort by all involved.