Uniformed Services students at Swindon College are preparing for their biggest adventure yet – to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. The group of first and second year BTEC National Diploma students will be attempting to climb Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in under 24 hours on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March 2008.
The students have raised £1,900 and a number of local companies have generously donated money to help them reach their target of £2,500. However, the group is keen to raise double the amount so that they can donate a large sum to the NSPCC, their chosen charity, and use any remaining funds to buy new outdoor and expedition equipment for the benefit of all the Uniformed Services students.
Paul Holland, Uniformed Services lecturer, said:
"The students have been preparing themselves for this trip since November last year. They have been on walking expeditions with their full training packs, to get used to the weight they will have to carry. They have been to the Brecon Breacons for a full endurance training session and alongside this, the students and staff have been going to the gym for sessions twice a week to improve their fitness. We have been holding weekly meetings to monitor their progress. It's a complete team effort."
The students will leave Swindon College in the afternoon on Thursday 13th March and arrive at Fort William on Friday 14th. On Saturday 15th, the group of ten students and two staff will start the ascent of Ben Nevis at 3.00am. On their return from climbing Ben Nevis, the team will drive to Scarfell Pike, in the Lake District. Once they have climbed Scarfell Pike the team will drive to Snowdonia for their final ascent and descent.
The Uniformed Public Services group are still looking for donations, sponsorship or equipment that could help them with the challenge. If you or your company would like to make a donation or sponsor the group contact Paul Holland on 01793 498626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.