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Group of friends taking on the 3 peaks challenge

Schoolfriends take on 3 peaks challenge for Leah

The forecast might be predicting a scorching weekend – but that isn’t going to put off these intrepid climbers, who are planning on scaling the three highest mountains in the UK in just 24 hours.

The friends, who include Clayton McDermott from Newton-le-Willows and Evan Taylor from Lowton, will begin the challenge at 5.30pm today (Friday 7 August), when they start the climb up Ben Nevis.

With the first peak completed, the group will travel to Scafell Pike, where they are due to start their ascent at 4.30am!

With very little chance to rest, they’ll then face Snowdon, and they aim to be at the summit by 5.30pm tomorrow (Saturday, 8 August).

It’s quite an incredible challenge, and the group have been training for 12 months to complete it.

Joining Clayton and Evan on the walk are Craig Woods and Joe Singleton from Lowton; Marc Harrison and Danny Dainty from Wigan, David McDermott and Kieron Twist from Newton-le-Willows. The climbers are being helped by pals Chloe Pendlebury from Lowton and Charlotte Holmes from Liverpool, who are doing the all-important job of driving the party from one peak to the next.

The group, many of whom went to school at either Golborne High or Lowton High, set themselves this incredible challenge to raise money for causes that are important to them.

They have already almost doubled their target of £1,000 with the proceeds to be split between the charity NHS Together and the brain and spine hospital, The Walton Centre, in memory of Leah Davies. Leah was cared for at the hospital eight years ago before she sadly passed away in August 2012. Friends of Leah, like this group of climbers, have been keeping her memory alive ever since through the Love Leah Appeal, which has raised thousands for the Walton Centre.

Please support the group and give a donation if you can

You’ll find the fundraising page here. 

You can also follow their progress on social media

The group will be posting photos and updates from their challenge on both Instagram and Facebook. Follow their progress by searching for #LoveLeah.


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