Hertfordshire lads take to the mountains

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 July 2012

L to right James Broadbent, Robert Johnson, James Bilverstone

L to right James Broadbent, Robert Johnson, James Bilverstone


WHILE most groups of 17-year-old lads are planning their summer hols for an adventure of fun and sun, a trio of Hertfordshire lads are setting off up mountains in Scotland, Wales and Cumbria today (Saturday).

James Bilverstone, of Digswell, will be joining his mates James Broadbent and Robert Johnson to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in a bid to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

The Harmer Green Lane resident told the Welwyn Hatfield Times he’d rather be climbing than fulfilling stereotypes.

“We’re all ‘outdoorsy’ people,” he said. “We all love climbing and between us we have already done each mountain – perhaps next time we’ll do it abroad and somewhere warm!”

It’s no surprise then that the lads are aiming to smash the 24-hour window for their challenge.

“We think we should be able to do it within a day, the only problem may be the traffic, otherwise I think we can do it.”

So far, after aiming to raise £300, the friends have collected £1,200.

“I’d never raised funds for charity before, so didn’t know what to aim for, but we’ve had a fantastic response so far,” James said.

“We chose Help for Heroes as our charity as we all have ambitions to join the military and know people out in Afghanistan – plus it’s a great charity.”

The boys left Hertfordshire yesterday and will be heading up the mountains – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in Cumbria, and Snowdon in Wales – at some point today.

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