A group of old St Albans school friends are taking on an epic challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
The eight men many of whom go back as far as school, attending Killigrew Primary School and Marlborough and Verulam later on, will be completing the Three Peak Challenge in 24 hours.
Sponsored by fire safety and security specialist Amthal, between September 18 and 19 the men will be climbing the UK’s three highest peaks; Ben Nevis, Skaffel Pike and Snowdon.
Amthal chief executive, Jamie Allam, who is heading up the challenge said he decided to get the old group together after a family holiday in the Lake District.
He said: “After a holiday in the Lake District and doing lots of walking, I decided I wanted to something a bit more taxing than the family walks.
“I knew about the Three Peaks in 24 hours challenge and sent a message in a WhatsApp group with my old school friends, all born and bred in St Albans, expecting none of them to accept the challenge but a lot of them did.”
The group have already raised over £7,000 for Prostate Cancer UK smashing their £3,000 target.
Speaking to StAlbansNews about why they chose the charity, Jamie explained that the cause is one close to many of the men’s hearts.
He said: “A lot of participants’ family have been treated or have prostate cancer at the moment.
“When we thought about the idea and wanted to use the opportunity to raise money for charity, we thought a reasonable amount would be £3,000 and we’ve exceeded that.
“I’m really surprised with the generosity of people. I think in part it’s the charity we are helping, so many people are affected by it.”
The group have been busy training for the epic feat with many members new to hiking.
Jamie said: “Some of the team have used training as a kickstart to doing more activity, there has been trips to Wales to do some of the smaller mountains, walks in the Breacon Beacons and a lot of cycling.
“Everyone is excited about it, there is a lot of excitement and buzz. I think there is a little bit of apprehension about it as well.”
The group will be keeping up their JustGiving page throughout the challenge and after to try and reach their £10,000 target.
If you would like to donate head to justgiving.com/team/National3Peaksin24hrs