Hitting the peaks for Guyana gap year

Hitting the peaks for Guyana gap year

Four friends at Priestley College have tackled the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for one of them to spend a gap year teaching in Guyana.

Students Gregory Horne, Laura Nicholson and Charlotte Whittaker scaled the highest peaks in Britain — Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon — along with Scott Kingsley who is hoping to teach in South America when he finishes his A-Levels.

From left: Priestley College friends Laura Nicholson, aged 17, Scott Kingsley, 18, Gregory Horne, 18, and Charlotte Whittaker, 18

From left: Priestley College friends Laura Nicholson, aged 17, Scott Kingsley, 18, Gregory Horne, 18, and Charlotte Whittaker, 18

The four managed to complete the monumental challenge in two minutes under the 24 hours that people generally target — raising £1,000.

Scott, who studies chemistry, physics and maths, needed to raise £6,200 to cover the costs of his travel, accommodation, food and insurance for the trip.

The group’s efforts brought his total to nearly £4,000.

Scott said the trip to South America would be a “fantastic opportunity” to give something back to a community other than his own.

He added: “It will be the first time I will have to write a letter. I’ve been told there’s no phone signal or internet where I will be going so a letter is the best way to get a message home.”

You can donate to Scott’s bid at www.virginmoneygiving.com/scottkingsleyguyana.

Main pic: The three peaks: (clockwise) Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike, Mount Snowdon