TWO cadet instructors will climb England, Wales and Scotland’s highest peaks within 24 hours for charity.
Joe Lewis and Grant Smalley, both from Worthing, will climb Ben Nevis, in Scotland, Scaffell Pike, in the Lake District, and Mount Snowdon, Wales, to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, near Arundel.
The pair, who are adult instructors at the Worthing division of the Sussex Army Cadet Force, based in Little High Street, decided to take on the feat of endurance when cadets voted Chestnut Tree House as their charity of the year.
Joe, 23, of Queen Street, Worthing, said: “As part of the activities we do, we do a lot of map reading and hiking, so this is bread and butter to us.
“It’s a challenge to push us to make it worthwhile for people to donate to us.
“I feel a little apprehensive because I haven’t climbed anything of that magnitude before and there will a lot of fatigue.
“But we’re quite confident and we will have a laugh between us to get through it.”
The pair will first travel to Fort William, in Scotland, on Friday, September 21, and set up camp before climbing the next day.
In a bid to scale all three peaks within 24 hours, they will be ably supported by Benjamin Centa, who will drive them from site to site, allowing the pair to have some much-needed rest between their hikes.
Joe added: “It’s going to be tight, but a few people have done it before, so we know it’s possible.
“It’s important for us that Benjmain will be driving, as it’ll give us the chance for some rest between the peaks.”
For posterity, the pair will be recording their mountain-scaling exploits on cameras which will be attached to them.
To donate to the pair, visit justgiving.com/joe-grantsthreepeaks, search Joe and Grant’s three peaks on Facebook, or text JGTP66, followed by an amount, to 70070.