In­trepid staff scale the peaks

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

IN­TREPID staff from Nene Park Academy have a good ex­cuse to put their feet up af­ter suc­cess­fully scal­ing the UK’S three high­est moun­tains.

Staff from the school in Or­ton Longueville re­cently com­pleted The Three Peaks Chal­lenge to raise funds to help pupils take part in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award pro­gramme.

The chal­lenge in­volved climb­ing the three high­est peaks in Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land – Scafell Pike (978m), Snow­don (1,085m) and Ben Ne­vis (1,344m) – in 24 hours.

The team, Ab­bie Mann, Amy Mel- lor, Steve Howard, and An­thony Part­ing­ton, were sup­ported by Ivan Reed and Ah­ley Scott.

They com­pleted the mam­moth chal­lenge in 26 hours in snow, arc­tic con­di­tions and in the mid­dle of the night.

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal An­thony Part­ing­ton said: “It was a real chal­lenge.

“When we got to the top of Ben Ne­vis it was cov­ered in snow and mi­nus eight, but the team were great and we man­aged to pull each other through the dif­fi­cult times.

“It was all well worth it when we saw the sun come up over Snow­don.”

Ab­bie Mann added: “Be­cause the school’s Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award Pro­gramme has been so suc­cess­ful we need more equip­ment avail­able to use, and to have more trained staff avail­able to sup­port the pro­gramme, so we need to raise as much money as pos­si­ble to help with this.” So far the trip has raised £650. The school is hold­ing a fundraisng pam­per­ing evening on May 16 from 7pm to 10pm.

For de­tails call Dawn on 01733 368394.

ON TOP: Staff from Nene Park Academy reach the top of Mount Snow­don.

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