Five local students to climb the Three Peaks to help raise funds to build a Rare Diseases Centre at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCHC).
The Bournville College lads – Sammy Underwood, Aaron Cheatle, Jacob Delaney, Jamie Hemming, Teale Finch are required to plan some sort of event as part of their college assignment – and in their own words of not wanting to be boring by organising an indoor football tournament or bake sale, they chose something a little more challenging!
Not only are they aiming for an excellent mark on their assignment once the challenge is complete, they are equally driven to raise much needed funds (with your donations) for the new ‘Rare Diseases Centre’ at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The Three Peak Challenge.
The three peak challenge is to climb the highest peak in England, Wales and Scotland in 24 hours! These three peaks are Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scaffel Pike.
The 24-hour time includes both walking time and travel between the mountains and according to Three Peaks Challenge Ltd, the following times should be allowed for each mountain:
- Five hours for Ben Nevis (1345m)
- Four hours for Scafell Pike (978m)
- Four hours for Snowdon (1085m)
The Star Appeal.
The Star Appeal is an initiative by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity to help finance what will be the UK’s very first centre for children with rare diseases.
A spokesperson for BCHC said: “Our new centre will ensure there’s a place where children can come and be diagnosed, treated, cared for, and to meet other kids just like them. What’s more, there will be a dedicated research space, so children with rare diseases can finally get the investment they deserve. Working together, our team of experts can find the answers for children with rare diseases.”
Sammy Underwood said: “This challenge will be mentally and physically tiring and quite frankly frightening at the moment but rather than doing it for self fulfilment we have decided to raise funds for the Birmingham Children Hospital’s star appeal in the process.
“1 in 17 children suffer from rare diseases and even though we as a group don’t know anybody affected by it we all as a group have realised that the progression and recovery of children worse off than us is a big enough factor for us to decide to raise funds for this appeal.”
The challenge will begin on the 28th of March, starting in Scotland and you can support and donate here.
Snowdon by Yr Aran
Scaffel Pike by yewbarrow
Ben Nevis Thincat