A small group of Portadown youth and community workers raised £2,500 – with a ‘walk’ of just 4,409 feet (1,344 metres), less than half-a-mile!
But this was a vertical trek – to the top of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis – and they did it through driving wind and rain, plus regular snow patches!
The trek was led by Campbell Best, project co-ordinator of The Y Zone Youth Drop-in Centre, part of the town’s Elim Church.
“Although Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the UK, it’s not the most difficult climb in the country,” said Campbell. “But we chose a particularly difficult day. It was ok when we set off from the base in Fort William, but the weather turned ugly half-way up.
“We soldiered on, but by the time we reached the summit, there was a 60mph wind, the chill factor was minus-15, there were frozen areas, and the snow was thick in parts – all this at the end of summer.
“But we were well-prepared, did it in under eight hours up-and-down and were warmed up in our guesthouse in Fort William and got a good meal. It was a satisfying experience.”
The money raised is being split 50-50 between the work of The Y Zone and Helping Hands Community Project which Portadown Elim also runs.
“I suppose there are easier ways of raising money,” Campbell reflected. “But it was a great experience and gave us a great sense of achievement.”