Two Bideford youngsters have conquered the three highest peaks in Britain to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.
Tyler-James Mcquillan (TJ), aged 12, and Lilly-Anne Avery, aged 10, from Bideford, completed the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) Little Bridge House.
TJ’s Mum Louise said: “TJ has previously raised money for CHSW and wanted to do so again.
“The charity has a special place in his heart as he has known a couple of children who would have been the same age as him now, who used the services provided by CHSW but sadly passed away.
“He took part in releasing coloured balloons in memory of one of those children and that has stayed with him ever since.”
The pair climbed and conquered Ben Nevis on July 31. And what a climb it was; dry at the foot, few showers and torrential gales, heavy rain, freezing and misty at the summit.
On August 1 they prepared to take on Scafell Pike, but the poor weather meant an attempted summit had to be abandoned.
“The morning of the climb was very disappointing,” said Louise.
“We made the decision not to climb due to poor viability and being too dangerous.
“We were hoping the weather would improve and be able to climb first thing the next morning before heading for Snowdon. We were all in good spirits and the kids just wanted to eat.”
However, both TJ and Lilly stayed determined and three days later they managed to complete their mission.
Mount Snowdon would be their third and final challenge.
Louise said: “The weather was on our side with sunshine and smiles all the way. TJ and Lilly took in the stunning views at the summit and took in the emotions of what they had accomplished when they reached the top.
“They met some lovely people on the way down and shared their experience along the way.”
CHSW community fundraiser, Josh Allan, said: “TJ and Lilly are so inspiring, and they’ve shown such strength of character to persevere with this challenge despite their muscle fatigue and the torrential weather.
“We’d like to thank them sincerely for their efforts and for helping to make the most of short and precious lives.”