Ella leads peak char­ity ef­fort

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

A CAR­ING pupil and her fam­ily smashed their fundrais­ing tar­get for Rossendale Hos­pice by climb­ing Bri­tain’s high­est peak.

Hasling­den High School stu­dent Ella McGovern, 14, from Helmshore, con­quered Ben Ne­vis in Scot­land in just four hours along with her par­ents Louise and Rockey and older cousins Beth, Sarah and Jamie Robert­son. They chose the hos­pice be­cause of the sup­port and coun­selling that it pro­vided for stu­dents at her school after the MEN Arena bomb­ing. Their ini­tial fundrais­ing tar­get was £300 – in the end more than £1,600 was raised.

Ella said: “We went up to Scot­land the day be­fore and stayed overnight. When we were climb­ing Ben Ne­vis it was re­ally slippy be­cause it was rain­ing. It was hard go­ing be­cause it was rocky and quite scary be­cause it was so slippy.

“When we got to the top it was re­ally cold and my cousin had frost in his beard.

“It was a great re­lief to get to the top and although it was quite foggy you could make out some of the view. Our group then split up be­cause we went down the moun­tain at dif­fer­ent paces. On the way back we had to cross a water­fall and it was still very slippy.”

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