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Climbers scale 24 peaks in 24 hours.

Byline: Krysta Eaves Reporter krysta.eaves@eveninggazette.co.uk

FIVE superfit men have scaled 24 mountains in 24 hours in aid of children with learning difficulties. The five Sembcorp Utilities UK employees faced gruelling conditions in the endurance challenge to raise funds for Kirkleatham Hall School.

Kelvin Ogden, Dean Carney, Mike Bolton, Danny Simms and Robin Wilson took part in the 24 Peaks Challenge in the Lake District which saw them tackle 24 mountains in just 24 hours. The task involved scaling a total of 32,000 ft and covering almost 32 miles.

Eighteen people set off on the journey to raise money for a PS30,000 sensory unit at Kirkleatham Hall School, which is next to the Wilton International site.

Low mists, torrential rain and cold weather made visibility difficult and as the conditions were so tough only 12 - including the super Sembcorp five - crossed the finish line.

So far the five's energetic efforts have seen them raise about PS3,000 for the school. They are now appealing for others to support the school.

Kelvin, a utilities operating technician, said: "It was the toughest challenge I've ever faced but the camaraderie of the team - which included teachers from the school and operators from some of our customer companies at Wilton - saw us through when the going was at its toughest."

Danny, another utilities operating technician who works in the control room of Wilton Power Station, said: "The thought that we were raising vital funds for such a special cause right on our doorstep also spurred us on."

It is thought that the Sembcorp five will have raised around a tenth of the total needed by the school by the time all funds are in.

Paul Gribbon, assistant head teacher at the school, said: "The response to the challenge from Sembcorp and some of the other companies at the site was fantastic. I would like to thank everyone involved."

Kirkleatham Hall School caters for children aged between three and 19 with a wide range of learning difficulties.

Anyone wishing to donate to the sensory unit should text KIRK24 PS5 (or any other amount) to 70070.

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Left to right, Paul Gribbon, assistant headteacher at Kirkleatham School, Mike Bolton, Robin Wilson, Kelvin Ogden, Dan Simms and Dean Carney with some of the children at the school. Right, the team are set for the challenge
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2013
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