Ballyclare teens’ Ben Nevis challenge raises hundreds for Tearfund

By Ballyclare High School on 14 May, 2020

A group of young people from Ballyclare including BHS pupils have raised over £900 to help people who are living with extreme poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

The teenagers, who are members of Kilbride Presbyterian Church’s senior Bible class, have been virtually climbing Ben Nevis at their homes over the last 14 days.

The money raised will be donated to Tearfund to support people around the globe during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Many of those involved have been climbing their stairs 35 times each day. BHS pupil Beth Templeton said: “I was happy to volunteer and be part of this fundraising effort for Tearfund. The Ben Nevis challenge has given me something to focus on during lockdown. It has been hard work at times and some days are easier than others. Most people have been climbing their stairs in the house, but living in a bungalow, I’ve been climbing six steps at the back of my home. I’ve been doing it each day at around 5pm and I’m glad we’ve been able to raise so much for the charity.”

An online fundraising page has been set up to collect donations for the worthy cause and at the time of going to publication, £905 has been raised.

Full article by Russell Keers in Newtownabbey Times