A TEAM of intrepid Portland College staff are getting ready to scale the UK’s highest mountains in a bid to raise funds for a new leisure centre.
Eight staff members, along with driver Andy Frost, will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge - which will see them climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales - in just 24 hours.
They will have to drive more than 1,000 miles and walk around 26 miles - which is the same distance as a marathon.
The group will begin the gruelling challenge at 5pm on 26th May and will need to have completed it by 5pm the following day.
Sports co-ordinator Dave Winter came up with the idea to kick start the fundraising drive for the new leisure centre - and quickly got his colleagues on board.
He said: “We have been wanting a new leisure centre for the past five or six years.
“We just thought we could get the ball rolling in some way and raise some awareness for Portland.”
His colleague Andy said the challenge is the perfect springboard to the fundraising campaign.
Said Andy: “We just wanted to start off with a bang and this will start the momentum.”
Staff at Portland, which caters for young people with disabilities on Nottingham Road on the Mansfield/Ashfield border, have been training for the challenge since January and have been cycling to work, circuit training, going to the gym and night walking in preparation for the challenge.
And the team says despite having walk in the dark, they are looking forward to it.
Dave says: “We will be climbing Ben Nevis in the dark and it will be unfamiliar territory.
“But we have got a really good team that will support each other fully.
“I can’t wait to get to the summits - it will be a massive sense of achievement.
The team has also decided to undertake a challenge every year as part of its ongoing fundraising drive.
For more details or to sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/portlandcollege or contact the office on Mansfield 499164.