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Teenagers take on the Three Peaks Challenge for St Teresa's Hospice
A GROUP of youngsters who face challenges in their personal lives have channelled their determination for the good of a local hospice.
The teenagers, aged between 15 and 19-years-old, are members of groups that meet at Darlington’s C: The Box centre on Priestgate and decided to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge for St Teresa’s Hospice.
The six-strong team are members of one of three council-run groups: The Voice, a support group for young autism sufferers, the Area 2 family support group, and the Gameaholics club which meets to play computer games together.
They were inspired to climb Britain’s three highest peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon – after one of the group, Jonathan Bale, suffered two family bereavements and wanted to thank the St Teresa’s Hospice team for the support they gave.
The teens have raised over £700 so far by climbing Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in 48-hours and they plan to tackle Snowdon on September 8.
Richard Watson, senior targeted youth worker for Darlington Council, has been accompanying the group and said they had impressed him with their resilience.
“I think the hardest part of the climbs so far has been getting them mentally prepared,” he said.
“But they’ve done really well so far.”
Coun Cyndi Hughes, cabinet member for children and young people, added: “I am just so proud of them; to hear their experiences is just amazing.
“Young people’s ambitions should be limitless, they should think ‘yes we can conquer this’ and that is what this group are doing.”
The group can be sponsored via justgiving.com/PeakPanthers2013.
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