INTREPID parents have raised almost £10,000 by climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

The 21-strong team completed the challenge in aid of the PTA at Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow and the Seashell Trust in Handforth.

They set off at a blistering pace up Ben Nevis in Scotland at 5pm, followed by an ascent of Scafell in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales.

They were supported by three drivers, who ferried them between the peaks in minibuses.

The challenge was led by Neil Hughes and Andrew Thompson, and has raised £9,772, which includes Gift Aid, smashing the £4,000 target.

“It was zero degrees at the summit of Ben Nevis, with 45 mile an hour winds and mist,” said Neil.

“There were some braver souls than us, as several blind people were doing the walk up with guides for assistance.

“Scafell wasn’t quite as cold as Ben Nevis, but the terrain was much tougher, with lots of boulder fields.

“It was very treacherous on the way down, with stones slippery due to wet weather at the top.

“At Snowdon Andrew Thompson set off at a cracking pace trying to ensure he came in under 24 hours.

“The weather was completely different, and as much as 15 degrees on the way down.

“Everyone eventually got down safely, and Andrew became ‘The Man’ as he conquered the 24-hour target and crossed the line.

“I don’t think he was expecting such a big cheer, not only from his friend, but everyone at the finish line who joined in the celebration.

“This was the spirit we had fostered across all three buses over a fantastic weekend.”

Thanks went to Alderley Edge School for Girls and the Seashell Trust for the loan of their minibuses, Lex Autolease for providing a free minibus, Wilmslow Town Council for grant aid to cover fuel and Ana O’Shea for art work.

The Seashell Trust caters for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities which include little or no language abilities.

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