Sussex Downs College staff completed the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Para Monte, a charity raising awareness of altitude sickness, in memory of a former student and member of staff.
Before the start of the new college term, three members of staff from Sussex Downs College (SDC) completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. College staff Mark Unsworth, Allan Buckland and James Gibson took part in the challenge in memory of ex-student and staff member Adam Savory.
Mark Unsworth, Foundation and Functional Skills Maths Lecturer at SDC, said, “The Para-Monte charity is very close to me as Adam was not only my personal friend, but a colleague to myself, Allan and James.”
Para-Monte, meaning ‘beyond the mountain’, was set up in memory of Adam Savory, who lost his life aged 25 to altitude sickness while travelling in Peru.
The charity’s aim is to spread the word about altitude illnesses globally, ensuring that people become more aware of the risks and dangers at altitude.
Adam’s family started The Adam Savory Memorial Fund, keen to ensure his loss should not be in vain. The risks and dangers of travelling at high altitude are little thought about, yet thousands of young people set off on travelling adventures, just like Adam.
The Para-Monte charity together with many followers, like Adam’s colleagues from Sussex Downs College, is working hard to raise awareness in the hope to save lives in the future.
So far, nearly £800 has been raised for the Para-Monte Three Peaks Challenge, by Mark and his colleagues.
A spokesperson for the charity said, “The trustees would like to thank you for the generous support and in doing so helping us to get this crucial information into the public domain.”
To support the charity please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/threep eakschallengesussexdowns