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The Peak of fundraising
Saturday 20th September 2014 @ 17:00 by Mark Phillip

A group of enthusiastic fundraisers went that extra mile recently to raise funds for local children’s charity, OKE.

The charity is run by parents and volunteers of children who have special needs and aims to raise money to provide weekend trips, activities and discos for those affected.

The challenging fundraiser, dubbed ‘the three peaks challenge’ is an annual event held every year by West Hill where the money generated is channelled directly into the school’s selected charity.

The peaks that make up the challenge are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the latter being the highest mountain in Wales at an elevation of 3,560 ft.

The expedition commenced at the end of June, following 18 months of intense training.

Navigating themselves around the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, the 11 boys raised £10,705 to the delight of all those involved.

Since starting in 2008, the school has raised £51,146, the sums raised increasing year on year.

Charities that have benefitted include Help For Heroes, Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes UK among many others.

The boys who took on the summit included Daniel Ord, Luke Berry, Matthew Weeks, Mahesh Popet, Ben Watson, Lee Griffiths, Zach Harrop, Ethan Fordham, James Humphreys, Lewis Hannan and Callum Forrester; the latter picking up the most improved student award.

The Year 11 pupil took to Twitter after the awards to share his delight.“Have had a really great night, the Three Peaks and the Alps have been incredible. Got my awards and I will never forget one moment,” he stated.

Training for the challenge takes place throughout Year 11 as an after school activity, where pupils can gain the Mountain Leader Award, National Navigation Silver Award, National Indoor Climbing Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

More on the lads incredible fundraising efforts in this weeks, Tameside Reporter (18th)