A group of Wigan Youth Zone’s staff conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, raising money for Mountain Bikes to contribute their Outdoor Activities Offer.
14 youth workers took on the challenge on Tuesday 23rd of October, completing the peaks within 16 hours after battling a range of weather conditions, including completing the last mountain in the dark!
All those who took on the challenge had little or no training, the walk, which is popular amongst avid hikers and challenge seekers, saw the charity climbing the summit of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough within 14 hours.
Climbing Wall Youth Worker and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator Chris Quigley (also known as ‘the master of outdoors’) says
“The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge seemed to be the perfect fundraising challenge for our Outdoor Department as it showcased what can be achieved together. The reason we are raising money for mountain bikes is to have the ability to engage young people to spend more time outdoors and be more active. The mountain bikes add that ‘cool’ factor to the engagement that we are looking for. I am extremely proud of everyone who took part and it goes to show how far Youth Workers are willing to push themselves to provide an opportunity to our young people.”
The Three Peaks Challenge has a total walking distance is 39.2km (24.5 miles) and a total ascent of 1585 metres (5200ft).
Sikander Ali the Youth Work Manager said:
“Our staff wanted to improve the offer we have for young people with Mountain Bikes to enhance the outdoor programme, so we decided to take on this challenge!”
“It was mentally and physically the most challenging task I have ever done in my life, we were supposed to do it in 12 hours and after a 6am start we didn’t finish until 11pm which took us over 16 hours to complete! I went through every emotion with my team and after every peak and its sense of achievement we could see the next mountain that was bigger than the last. I am so proud of my team for putting themselves on the front line and gaining the war wounds to take part in this fundraiser! After the challenges through lockdown and being apart from our work family, it was great to complete this rewarding challenge!”
Wigan Youth Zone has a range of services for local young people including counselling, mentoring, employability and enterprise programmes, days out and holiday clubs as well as over twenty activities seven days a week.
All funds raised will go towards Wigan Youth Zone’s new Mountain Bike offer to enhance their Outdoors provision. So far they have collectively raised over £1400 and are looking to raise up to £2500.
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