Three Peaks Challenge Fundraising Event- Hand on Heart
The last two years have exacerbated the fragility of the communities that we live in and have highlighted the need for us all to come together to work towards a fairer and more inclusive society.
The number of families accessing food banks and shelters has risen exponentially, the financial effect of Covid-19 and numerous lockdowns is widely discussed but often the mental health, welfare and education of children is not given the importance that it deserves.
Hand On Heart have launched Back To School Project to coincide with the start of new School Term in September 2021. The aim is to provide stationary filled backpacks to children from low income families to ensure they have the equipment needed to learn.
With this in mind, a group of 8 friends/volunteers have decided (unwisely perhaps) to attempt the Three Peaks Challenge in a bid to raise funds for the HoH Back to School Project 2021.
For those that are not familiar with the Three Peaks Challenge, it is an attempt to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in one go. They will make the 9-hour drive to Fort William, Scotland with the aim to start their climb on the 11th June at 8am. The plucky group will begin with the toughest climb, which is Ben Nevis which stands at a colossal 1,344m high and will take approx. 5½ hours to complete. They will then travel directly to Scafell Pike in the Lake district, the journey will be approx. 5 hours followed by a climb up to 978m, this will take approx. 5 hours to complete. If that wasn’t enough, the group will then have to drive 4 hours to Snowdon in Wales and complete the ascent and descent of 1,085m in 4 hours, hoping to complete the challenge before 8am Saturday the 12th June.
It is one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges and leaves little to no time for bathroom breaks, food breaks or diva moments. This will no doubt be the toughest physical, and in some instances, mental challenge they have faced.
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO TO?
Ultimately, however, the hard work will be rewarded with the knowledge that they have set out to raise funds for such an amazing project. All funds raised will go directly to the project, the back packs will contain as standard; reusable water bottle, stationary sets (notebook, ring binder, pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, highlighters, pencil case, folder, dividers, glue stick, sticky notes, ruler and sticky tape. Primary school children will also receive activity books and a lunchbox. Secondary school children will receive all the items above with the addition of a scientific calculator, maths set and scissors.