A team of five Rotarians, consisting of three walkers and two drivers, together with three residents and a Team Leader from the Amber Foundation in Ockley, has successfully completed The Three Peaks Challenge.
In less than two and a half days, they climbed to the summits of the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, namely Ben Nevis (4409 ft), Scafell Pike (3209 ft) and Snowdon (3560 ft). The team travelled by minibus, kindly lent by Jigsaw School at Dunsfold and stayed overnight at Youth Hostels. Despite some severe weather conditions when climbing Snowdon, they completed the task in 53 hours 25 minutes - the time between setting off on the first climb and completing the third one.
Amber exists to help young people who come to them without work, without self-esteem and without any sense of direction, to transform their lives. Almost all are long-term unemployed, homeless, and have a history of substance abuse or have been involved in crime. By the time they leave, some 6 months later, the vast majority are ready to lead sustainable independent lives.
Sponsorship was raised to help defray the cost of the event, with MABAC, a Surrey based cross-country running league and organisers of the Cranleigh 15/21, being a major sponsor. A sum of approximately £2,000 will be donated to Amber.