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13 young people and 6 adults have successfully climbed the height of Scafell Pike from home, raising more than £2,200 for South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) and the Isle of Wight Foodbank.

The ‘Hike at Home’ challenge had the team of 19 climbing their home stairs a number of times each day to get them to the ‘summit’.

SWAY wanted to do something to bring the young people together and inspire them in a joint venture whilst in isolation, as well as raising vital funds.

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The climbers logged their progress over the days with some really excellent videos of the arduous endeavours of young and old alike. Some started carrying more weight up the hill, some tried to beat their time each day, some just aimed to get to the top while others were forced to do night climbs.

Joanna Richards of SWAY says:

“We want to say an enormous thank you to all of those who gave and supported the journey up that iconic mountain. It truly gave all who took part a sense of purpose at this difficult time and was thoroughly enjoyable.

“The commitment and energy was impressive, and surprising, but doing it all together helped those tired legs to keep going. It focused minds on climbing the real Scafell Pike next year when the charity takes a number of young people to the Lakes”.

Andy Dorning, Lead Youth Worker, said:

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“It has been great fun but despite being a bit tiring, well worthwhile and I am so proud of all those taking part. Sseeing what outfits or challenges they set for them themselves each day was hugely entertaining. It has involved so many family supporters as well as the climbers that it has felt like a real community”.

SWAY continues to offer 1:1 support and youth meetings through internet technology during this time and hopes to arrange other together opportunities in the coming months.

For more details about the work of SWAY go to or email [email protected].


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Great achievement by the youngsters, rather it went to animal charities but a wonderful gesture and something to be proud of.

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