A group of Swindon College Uniformed Services students have returned from their biggest adventure yet – climbing the Three Peaks in under 24 hours.
The College is very proud of the ten first and second year BTEC National Diploma students who took part in this challenge. They together raised an amazing amount of money in sponsorship – £6000 in total.
More than £1600 will be donated to the NSPCC and the remaining funds will go to buy new outdoor and expedition equipment for the benefit of all Uniformed Services students.
The team of students and staff reached their first summit; Ben Nevis on Saturday 29th March at 1pm. The group then travelled to Scafell Pike in the Lake District and started their ascent at 8pm. However, due to bad weather conditions the group had to turn back. Course lecturer Paul Holland said:
"Obviously, the team were very dissappointed not to reach the summit of Scafell Pike, but we could not risk the last two kilometres as the weather was atrocious."
After descending Scafell Pike, the team set off for Snowdon, the last peak of the challenge. The group left the base of Snowdon at 7:30am and were back by 12:30pm.
When the group arrived back at Swindon College, Paul Holland commented; "We are all very proud of their achievements during this once in a lifetime experience. They put in such a tremendous amount of effort over the last weeks and months. They have all been superb ambassadors both for the college and their course."
"I would also like to thank a number of local companies who donated money, we are so happy that we smashed our target of £2500."
If you would more information on the Uniformed Public Services courses offered at Swindon College, please contact Paul Holland on 01793 498626 or email email@example.com.