Climbing high to help school

Charlotte Medwell helped deprived families in Gambia by climbing Ben Nevis for charity. (H554C331)
Charlotte Medwell helped deprived families in Gambia by climbing Ben Nevis for charity. (H554C331)

Student Charlotte Medwell climbed the highest mountain in the British Isles to raise money for a deprived school.

The 21-year-old from South Kirkby decided to tackle the challenge after visiting the school in Gambia as part of her university course.

Miss Medwell said: “I visited a particularly poor school called Papa Bouse. It was so heart wrenching to see. I have never seen anything like it before.

“The children only had two concrete shells that were the buildings and a small stove in the corner which was the kitchen. There were no tables or chairs and they just sat on the floor.”

She said she was overwhelmed by the conditions and reduced to tears.

The former Minsthorpe College pupil said: “Despite these conditions the children were all so happy. We decided we would raise money to help them.”

She and ten friends climbed the Scottish mountain on July 12 and raised £1,500.

The money will be sent to the school and Miss Medwell and her friends will visit next April to see how the cash has helped.

Miss Medwell added: “The climb was tough but we knew it was for such a good cause.

“There were times we all struggled but we did the best we could to keep each other going.

“We just had to focus on why we were doing the climb in the first place, and that was to help the children

“I can’t wait to see the reaction from the children once they have received the money.”