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Friends take on peaks for charity challenge

JPCT 211112 Three peaks challenge - Jon Chandler left and Ben Atkinson both aged 24. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 211112 Three peaks challenge - Jon Chandler left and Ben Atkinson both aged 24. Photo by Derek Martin

Four friends will put themselves and their friendship to the test during a gruelling 24-hour challenge for charity this Sunday, November 25.

Ben Atkinson, John Chandler, Sam Ashton and Shaun Hammond are doing the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis society and Raleigh International.

The pals will climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales - the three highest peaks in each of the countries.

John, aged 24, who resides at the Horsham Y Centre, said: “It’s going to be a challenge and I think it will push our friendships.

“It will be cold, we’ll be stressed and tired but there will be that real sense of achievement afterwards.”

They will be climbing 10,000 feet with 450 miles of driving allocated to Shaun, aged 28, as part of the 24-hour challenge.

The climb will begin at the bottom of Ben Nevisat 4.30am on Sunday.

John hopes to raise money in order to travel to Borneo on February 13 to take part in a ten- week expedition on projects including building a school and a pipeline so villages can access clean water.

He said: “I wanted to do something big for a good cause that will help the lives of so many people.”

Ben, aged 24, from Sullington Mead, Broadbridge Heath, hopes to put half of the money they raise towards the Multiple Sclerosis society in memory of his mother, Nancy, who died after contracting the disease in 2006.

John added: “We’d like to thank local businesses including The Ark Horsham, Kings Barbers, Bishopric Wines, Candy Box, Martha’s Barn, The Linen Shop and The Malt Shovel who have sponsored us.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/John-Chandler and www.justgiving.com/benthreepeaks

 

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