Altrincham children complete three peaks challenge and raise £1,000 for charity (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Altrincham children complete three peaks challenge and raise £1,000 for charity
A SISTER and brother from Altrincham have completed the three peaks challenge, raising £1,000 for Syrian refugees in the process.
Sophie and Olly Huggon, 14 and 11, completed the 23.5 mile ascent of Ben Nevis, Sca Fell Pike and Snowden in just 24 hours.
“Over the last year, I had been volunteering at Oxfam in Altrincham as part of my Duke of Edinburgh award,” said Sophie
“We had lots of posters in the Oxfam shop to raise awareness of the Syrian crisis and it was horrible to see what was happening so I wanted to do something to help the Syrian refugees.”
The Altrincham Grammar School for Girls pupil persuaded her younger brother, who studies at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, to help her take on the challenge in aid of Oxfam.
Their younger sister Rosie was away on holiday when her siblings undertook the expedition, but Olly joked that she was probably ‘glad to escape the gruelling expedition’.
However, the children were accompanied by their uncle, Joe Huggon, a seasoned fell walker, who has attempted the three peaks several times but had always been thwarted due to extreme bad weather.
Olly said: “Lots of people sponsored us, I think they also probably thought we were slightly bonkers to be taking it on.
“I remember a lot of other walkers on the actual route stopping Sophie and I to ask how old we were.”
The funds that Sophie and Olly raised have been donated to Oxfam with the aim to provide safe water for 1000 refugees fleeing Syria.
Visit Justgiving.com/Huggons to donate.
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