On the 22nd June 2019, the ACE squad climbing team conquered their challenge to climb the height of Everest in a day! This tremendous feat was designed to raise money for SkillForce – an educational charity who deliver the Prince William Award in schools across the country.
The 17 talented climbers were supported in their efforts by their coaches and children from Wharton Primary School who are currently participating in the Prince William Award. The event took place at Awesome Walls Climbing Centre which is the ACE squad’s home wall. Each climber had a target of 26 laps of the 23.5 m climbing wall.
The climbing began at 9:30 am. Four climbers at a time, quickly reaching the heady height of 23.5 m, lowered down and then swapped with the next climber. At 10:30 the ACE squad were joined by Bella Ramsey (Star of the Worst Witch and Game of Thrones). Bella was quick to don a harness and jump on the wall to help the team reach their goal. She climbed a total of 55 m including the huge 23.5 m wall.
At 12:30 the ACE squad were joined by the children from Wharton Primary School and their Head Teacher, Helen Watson, who is an ambassador for the charity. The two teams played some ice breaker games together and then returned to the walls. The Wharton children worked together to climb a total of 657.5 m between the 12 of them. They were assisted by three members of the SkillForce family– Archie, (8) Will (11) and John (8).
As well as a visit from the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, who were exceedingly impressed with the climbers grit and determination, the squad had a surprise visit from Sally Dynevor, the actor famous for her role as Sally Webster in ITV Soap, Coronation street. Sally was stunned at how the climbers were ‘flying up the wall’ and said ‘I hope that come November when I attempt to reach Everest base camp, I have the courage and resilience to keep going’
By 4 pm the challenge was completed! Thanks to George Newby’s technological talents, the team were able to track the height climbed in real time.
The ACE squad parent’s ran a cake stand and a raffle. The raffle prizes were kindly donated by Petzl, Moon, Pizza Express, the BMC, Gary Gibson, and many others. The cake stand and raffle made a fantastic £431. The event would not have been possible without the wonderful team of parents who were instrumental in all aspects of the day.
The event was a resounding success raising just over £4000 so far. The event page is still open for donations. The target is £8000. This money will be used to deliver the Prince William Award in schools across the North West. The Prince William Award is a pioneering character development program aimed at building confidence, resilience and self-esteem. All vital skills for children and young people in our modern world. The program is the first of its kind and is backed by HRH the Duke of Cambridge.
To support the team, visit www.everestchallenge.org and click “donate”.