Mu­sic stu­dent on song for peak per­for­mance

Alex takes on Scafell Pike climb in aid of in­spi­ra­tional trust For­ward 4 Wiz

Aldershot News & Mail - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A STU­DENT from Alder­shot whose life was turned around by a mu­sic char­ity, is now seek­ing to re­turn the favour by climb­ing the high­est moun­tain in Eng­land.

Alex Jones, 21, a gui­tarist and singer, was liv­ing in fos­ter care when she was re­ferred to Rocked Out, a week-long mu­sic per­for­mance work­shop hosted by Farn­bor­ough char­ity For­ward 4 Wiz.

Now liv­ing in Wood­land Walk and study­ing creative mu­sic tech­nol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Sur­rey in Guild­ford, she plans to climb Scafell Pike, in Cum­bria next Thurs­day to raise money for the trust.

Alex said she was hope­ful the chal­lenge would prove un­com­pli­cated, de­spite her train­ing sched­ule be­ing dis­rupted af­ter she was struck down by a bug this week.

“I have been walk­ing around and walk­ing to the train sta­tion to get to univer­sity and things, so I’m not that wor­ried about it,” she said.

Join­ing her on the climb will be Ronni Cheese­man, a friend Alex met while at­tend­ing The Wavell School, in Farn­bor­ough.

Ronni, also 21, from Farn­bor­ough, is sup­port­ing Quest, a mem­ber group of the Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion, which al­lows chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence horse rid­ing in Chob­ham.

For­ward 4 Wiz was set up in 2007 in mem­ory of Dar­ren ‘ Wiz’ Brown, for­mer front man of the Mega City Four, who died af­ter col­laps­ing at a band re­hearsal on De­cem­ber 6 2006. The trust is aimed at as­sist­ing and men­tor­ing young and dis­ad­van­taged mu­si­cians to help them fur­ther them­selves.

Alex has set a fundrais­ing tar­get of £300 and can be spon­sored by vis­it­ing www.you­car­ing.com /non­prof­its/ climb-4-wiz/207423.

Ronni can be spon­sored at www.just­giv­ing.com /climb for quest.

The stage is set: Alex Jones, from Alder­shot, is due to climb Scafell Pike, in Cum­bria next Thurs­day in aid of Farn­bor­ough char­ity For­ward 4 Wiz.

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