A group of five youngsters from Skye are scaling hills in a fundraising effort for their youth group.
All the youngsters are part of Youth Vestry, based at Kilmore Church.
Whilst looking into fundraising opportunities for the group, group leader Nicola Thomson stumbled across the Everest Anywhere Challenge. Created by outdoors magazine Trail, the challenge asks people to climb Everest’s towering 8,848m wherever they are in the world.
Nicola said: “Archie, one of the Sunday School team leaders, is an avid climber and saw the challenge being advertised in a climbing magazine. We suggested it to the group and they were really keen. And so the idea was born.
“We wanted to make it something quite rewarding for them too and, having been to Abernethy myself on a women’s weekend, I suggested we attend the Year of Young People weekend at Abernethy Centre in October.
“I think they will get a lot out of it and I remember myself from camps when I was younger - it was during these sessions in the mornings and evenings that I really started to think about my own faith in depth.
“So, that is the plan and we are hoping to raise £1,000 to cover the costs of attending, with some left over to help refurbish the Sunday School room and do something exciting with them too.”
The group of three girls and two boys started their challenge in June and hope to successfully ‘conquer Everest’ by October.
They have already scaled Beinn na Cro and are scheduled to tackle Blaven, Coirre Laggan and, finally, Ben Nevis.
Nicola’s team received £300 of funding from a local Presbytery fund to enable them to refurbish a space of their own.
“What used to be a grey, damp and dreary looking room is now a pink and teal mini-snug with beanbags and hot chocolate and a really cosy feel. It is absolutely their space,” Nicola said.
“It was a challenge for me to keep up with my faith and “do church” in my teenage years and I hope that creating age-relevant opportunities for them to nurture their faith will help.”
Their JustGiving page can be found here.
Photo: Group leaders Nicola and Archie and three of the group’s members, Eubha, Caramarie and Emily, after reaching the summit of Beinn na Crow, a 575m climb.