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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Students face gruelling cahrity climb

WEST Lakes Academy students are climbing the equivalent of the three peaks for charity.

Sixth form students from the Egremont academy will be taking part in a gruelling climbathon next week to raise money for mental health charity SANE.

The group of Year 12 students will be tackling the academy’s 15m climbing wall to scale the equivalent distance of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis; a total of 3,409m in one day. The seven students will each complete 33 climbs (487m) to reach their target.

Megan Fawcett, a student participant, said: “We feel that mental health is an important issue that is often misunderstood and lost within the stigma that surrounds it. In completing this challenge we hope to shed some of that prejudice and allow people to see that mental health is only an issue for as long as its ignored.”

Student Amy Pullin added: “We have picked a climbing challenge as we feel like it is a difficult task due to the amount of physical activity required. We chose to climb the equivalent of the three peaks as this is a well-known challenge but we are putting our own spin on it to make stand out."

Chelsie McAdam said: “We hope to raise a minimum of £500 from our climbathon. In reaching this target we will have raised enough money for 60 people to receive the help and support to begin rebuilding their lives and hopefully some awareness in our local area."

Sponsor the students at http://www.justgiving.com/3PeaksClimbathon or by donating on the day of the climbathon which will take place on Wednesday, April 9 at West Lakes Academy.

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