Hitchin cubs raise money for charity trip to Nepal

Hitchin cubs climbed Windmill Hill to aid a charity trip to Nepal. Picture: Graham Pither

Hitchin cubs climbed Windmill Hill to aid a charity trip to Nepal. Picture: Graham Pither - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin cub pack has raised money for a charity trip to Nepal by completing an epic climbing challenge.

More than 30 cubs from the 3rd Hitchin Cub pack were challenged to climb Windmill Hill and reach a combined total ascent equivalent to Mount Everest, all to raise money for Graham Pither’s charity trip to Nepal later this year.

Graham, from Hitchin – along with his two children and fellow parents from the cub pack – also took part in attempting to reach the 8,848-metre total, and he explained more about the epic climbing challenge.

Speaking to the Comet, Graham said: “We had a large cardboard Mount Everest with space next to it for the number of ascents to be recorded as we worked our way up the mountain.

“Each ascent was checked off at the top of the hill and the cubs then had to run or walk back down and start again as descent did not count towards the total.”

In little more than an hour, the cub pack completed the challenge but also added the heights of both Ben Nevis and Snowden.

An extra 100m was also added, bring the total to an astonishing 11,385m – with one cub achieving a total of 27 individual ascents.

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Following their outstanding achievement, Graham was full of praise for the cubs.

“It was humid evening but every cub was brilliant,” he said.

“They were really enthusiastic, every last one of them did their very best and they succeeded. They were a real credit to themselves.”

A total of £100 was raised from the challenge, all of which will go towards Graham’s charity trip to Nepal, were he will help rebuild a school destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.

To donate towards Graham’s trip, see justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Pither2.

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