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A small group of young people from Chorley aged between 14-18 faced the hardest task of their lives so far as they took on the Three Towers Challenge on 23rd June 2019 in aid of Inspire Youth Zone.

The young people formed the team earlier in the year as they wanted to raise money for the Lancashire based children’s charity and give back to their Youth Zone that had “given them so much” since its opening in May 2018.

They decided to take on the Three Towers Challenge in the North West of England, comprising of a 30km hike from Rivington Pike to Darwen Tower and finally to Peel Monument in Bury, Greater Manchester.

The Three Towers team was made up of 9 young members from Inspire Youth Zone; Alfie Goodwin, Jacob Thompson, James Hilton, Nathan Hart, Conner Brown, Josh Deacon, Charlotte Williams, Emmy McGillivray and Emily Connor.

Once the team had been established, the young people began gathering sponsorship from family and friends and even set up a fundraiser online through Inspire’s Virgin Money Giving account.

Alongside their fundraising, the team began training for the event under the guidance of Oli Mercer, a Youth Worker who specialises in fitness, and Danny Coyle, the Sports Coordinator at Inspire Youth Zone.

Danny was extremely proud of the young people that took part and pushed their bodies to the limits throughout the challenge.

“I can’t believe the will-power of this group! They battled through an incredibly intense and gruelling challenge on the day and deserve to put their feet up now the challenge is complete.

“I cannot tell you how proud I am to have been a part of this team and a part of the journey on the day!”

Although originally expected to take over 13 hours to complete, the young team battled through the terrain and over each peak in a staggering 9 hours and 30 minutes, much to their delight.

“It was really tough but really rewarding too!”

Alfie Goodwin – 15 year old member at Inspire – continued: “There were times that I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the walk but I was able to drive myself on so that the money raised would definitely go to Inspire.”

With donations still coming in, the team are well on their way to raising over £1000 for the young person’s charity which aims to ‘inspire’ Chorley’s next generation.

If you’d like to donate to their cause, it’s not too late! You can visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/threetowerschallenge and show your support!

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