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West Suffolk College students take on Three Peaks challenge at home to raise money for Walking With The Wounded




A group of West Suffolk College students who were due to take on the Three Peaks challenge last month have refused to let lockdown get in the way of their goal.

The sports students, along with their tutors Chris Steele and Andy Smith, were due to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours on April 22 but were left disappointed when lockdown saw them have to cancel their plans.

The group decided to swap the mountains for their home staircases and back gardens in an effort to run or walk 23 miles - the distance covered in the challenge - and raise funds for Walking With The Wounded, a charity which helps injured veterans find new careers.

West Suffolk College students took in the Three Peaks challenge at home to raise money for Walking With The Wounded.
West Suffolk College students took in the Three Peaks challenge at home to raise money for Walking With The Wounded.

They also upped the ante and completed the challenge in just 10 hours.

Kieran Palmer, a student from Mildenhall, said: “Although we were devastated to not be able to complete the challenge the normal way, we decided to still take it on from home.

“We still felt the physical demands and we were able to continue with our fund-raising mission for Walking with the Wounded so we were really pleased.”

The group have already surpassed their £2,000 target, with the total amount raised currently standing at £2,110.

They were inspired to raise money for Walking With The Wounded after Duncan Smith, a war veteran and charity ambassador, visited the college.


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