THE epic King’s Ely Mount Everest Challenge is nearing to an end – and we can confirm that we have raised just shy of £11,000 for the PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide charity!
As many of you will know, boys in Osmond House and Wilkinson House at King’s Ely Senior came up with the idea of the challenge for several reasons – to do something meaningful in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, to boost morale during ‘Lockdown 3′, and to raise as much money as they could for PAPYRUS, which is the UK charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35’s).
Participating either as individuals or as part of tutor group teams, the boys’ challenge was to climb the height of Mount Everest – 8,849 metres – by completing multiple ascents of the steps in their own homes.
Year 11 Osman, Ed Spencer, and our Graduate Rowing Coach, James Foster, were the first to complete the challenge. Ed conquered it in just five days and covered the 8,849 metre distance by climbing 2,496 flights of his stairs at his home in Burwell.
Mr Foster decided to cycle the 8,849 metre distance! It took him 10 hours and 48 minutes of non-stop cycling in the Old Palace Gymnasium.
Osmond House has had 23 individual summits and another 33 students participated as part of their tutor group. Osmond House has raised £9,758 in sponsorship so far, and Wilkinson House has raised £1,105.
Paul Lott, Housemaster of Osmond, said: “Collectively, this is a fantastic sum of nearly £11,000 which will support the PAPYRUS Helpline and also with education about preventing young suicide. Moreover, this represents a monumental achievement of effort, dedication and self-discipline at a time in which so many young people are struggling with their mental health. These are qualities that will help those who participated in their lives ahead when they inevitably face their next ‘Everest’, whatever that may be.
“To all those who encouraged, donated, cheered on and motivated the boys on the tough days, when they just felt like giving up – thank you very much.”
There is still time to support the boys – to do so, visit: https://bit.ly/3qozVLr