Eleven members of Romsey Mill’s Step-up educational project climbed Snowdon in a recent fundraising effort. Some had never left Cambridgeshire before: ‘I’d never seen a mountain before and never thought I’d climb one.’ Battling against rain, hail and strong winds the undaunted 15-16-year-olds pressed on to the summit at 1085 metres and warmed up with hot chocolate before making a quick descent.
The climb was part of Romsey Mill’s Year of Challenges, a year-long fundraising drive that encourages individuals and groups to raise sponsorship for Romsey Mill, an award-winning city-based charity.
Reflecting on their challenging outdoor venture, the young people were justly pleased with what they had achieved and hope that more money can be raised as a result. One team member said, ‘Sometimes I thought I couldn’t go on, but I kept going and was pleased to make it.’
Step-up is a successful project enabling young people who have struggled in mainstream schooling to achieve qualifications, and gain confidence and skills so that they can move on towards further training and employment.