Climbers hit the heights in Everest charity challenge

South Cheshire CollegeClimbers from across the community hit the heights in a mammoth challenge to raise cash for charity.

The ‘Everest Challenge’ brought together climbers of all ages and abilities in a quest to scale the heights of the South Cheshire College Climbing Wall.

The event, which took place on Sunday 11th May, raised £600 for CLIMB (National Information Centre for Metabolic Diseases).

The climbs, which took place in three separate climbing shifts, were equivalent to the height of Mount Everest in the Himalayas – the earth’s highest mountain at 8,850 metres.

Up to 175 climbers tackled the wall 885 times between them in 15 different teams and were roared on by family and friends in the College’s Sports Arena.

Youngsters from local schools, cubs and scouts groups and the Audley Climbing Club turned out in force to take part in the event and they smashed the challenge on the state-of-the-art indoor climbing wall.

Fiona Williams, Executive Assistant for the CLIMB charity receives a cheque for £600 from Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, left, and South Cheshire College Principal Jasbir Dhesi.

Fiona Williams, Executive Assistant for the CLIMB charity receives a cheque for £600 from Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, left, and South Cheshire College Principal Jasbir Dhesi.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson and his son Sam supported the fundraising stunt and Mr Timpson officially launched the event at an opening ceremony before climbers swung into action.

Individual participants were charged an entry fee to take part while corporate teams paid up to £250 to enter their team in the challenge.

The event was co-organised by Graham Chafer, Head of Community Leisure at South Cheshire College, College Fitness Instructor Jon Venables and Graham Lant, Leader for the Wrenbury Cub group.

It was jointly sponsored by the Scouts movement, Cotswold Outdoor Ltd and South Cheshire College and supported by the Crewe and Nantwich Lions Club.

Cotswold brought in tents and other examples of the outdoor equipment they sell on the day and a trampoline was set up in the centre of the Sports Arena for children to use when they weren’t climbing the wall.

Edward Timpson said:
“This was an inspired idea. Graham and everyone at South Cheshire College deserve huge plaudits for bringing together local cubs and scouts along with many others to take on the ultimate climbing challenge and raise funds for CLIMB at the same time.

“My son Sam, was one of the many cubs who took part and he loved taking on the ‘wall’.

At the start of the event, Edward Timpson and College Principal Jasbir Dhesi handed over a cheque for £600 to Fiona Williams, Executive Assistant at CLIMB.

CLIMB is a national organisation, with its headquarters in Crewe, which works on behalf of children, young people, adults and families affected by metabolic disease.

Fiona said:
“To receive such a fantastic donation means so much to CLIMB and this will be a big boost in helping all those families who are affected by metabolic diseases. We are very grateful for the donation.”

The climbing event built on a successful Snowdon Challenge in November 2013 which attracted youngsters from across the local area.

The Climbing Wall is a state-of-the-art facility where climbers of all levels can learn and practice their climbing skills under expert guidance and supervision.

Graham Chafer said:
“This was a fantastic challenge and it was wonderful to see so many people of different ages from across the community make the most of our climbing facility.

“The whole day was brilliant from start to finish and was a huge success thanks to the effort and determination of everyone involved.”

Individual and team prizes were handed out on the day to climbers who took part in the event.

Graham added:
“We are very grateful to everyone who sponsored the event and entered the challenge and I’d like to say a big thank-you.

“We hope that we can repeat this excellent fundraising initiative again in the future because it was so successful and gave many young people the chance to experience climbing for the first time.”