FOUR friends are to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge so that one of them can spend a gap year teaching in Guyana.
Priestley College students Gregory Horne, Laura Nicholson and Charlotte Whittaker will tackle Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon along with Scott Kingsley who is hoping to teach in South America when he finishes his A-Levels.
“I’ve been given a tip that the best thing to eat during the hikes is ready salted crisps,” said Scott, who is 17 and from Latchford.
“We’re all excited to be doing it and I am grateful for their support because it will be a tough challenge.”
The four head to Ben Nevis on May 21 and expect to start their ascent at 4pm.
They hope to complete that peak and head to Scafell Pike overnight, starting the next climb at sunrise.
Scott, who studies A-Level Chemistry, Physics and Maths, is hoping fellow students and tutors at Priestley College will support his fundraising efforts.
The former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil said he was looking forward to travelling to Guyana even though it will mean a year without email and other mod cons.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to give something back to a community other than my own,” he said.
“It will be the first time I will have to write a letter. I’ve been told there’s no phone signal or internet where I will be going so a letter is the best way to get a message home.”
Scott needs to raise £6,200 to cover the costs of his travel, accommodation, food and insurance for the entire trip. It will ensure the community in which he will be working bears no cost for his time there.
If you can help go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/scottkingsleyguyana