Fundraiser conquers Ben Nevis on first stage of 3 Peaks Challenge for Gathimba Edwards Foundation

Abbie's 3 Peaks Challenge
A well earned drink at the end of the Ben Nevis stage of Abi's 3 Peaks Challenge. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

On Saturday (12 August), Gathimba Edwards Foundation fundraiser Abi Lyall completed the first stage of her Three Peaks challenge by successfully reaching the summit of Ben Nevis.

Abi's 3 Peaks Challenge Ben Nevis
Abi prepares to set off for the peak of Ben Nevis. Photo: Twitter/GathimbaEdwards

Abi began her climb, leaving the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre at 7am before returning by 1pm after successfully completing her climb.

She then cycled 67 miles to Killin where she stayed overnight.

Abi's 3 Peaks Challenge Ben Nevis
Abi sets off to Killin by bike after completing her climb up Ben Nevis. Photo: Twitter/GathimbaEdwards

Yesterday, she cycled 99 miles to Abington and today is cycling the 93 mile journey to Keswick today before tomorrow’s attempt at Scafell Pike.

Abi's 3 Peaks Challenge Ben Nevis
Abi passes through Bannockburn with 40 miles to go until Abington. Photo: Twitter/GathimbaEdwards

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, located in Scotland, United Kingdom. Standing at 1,345 metres (4,411 ft) above sea level, it is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.

Abbie is undertaking this cycling and climbing challenge to raise money for Esther and Emmanuel, two of the children she met on her recent trip to Kenya.

Brother and sister Emmanuel and Esther who are 17 and 15 respectively live with their parents. Unfortunately their father is HIV positive and they struggle with day to day living and the cost of going to school.

Esther and Emmanuel
Esther, Emmanuel and their parents.

Esther wants to be a doctor and Emmanuel a mechanical engineer.

While Esther sleeps on a mud floor at the foot of her parents broken bed, Emmanuel sleeps in a mud hut with holes in the roof and walls.

They rarely manage three meals a day and what they do eat is the absolute basics, just enough to survive.

Despite all of this they have both managed to achieve good grades at school but without help they will not be able to carry on their education.

Abi's 3 Peaks Challenge Ben Nevis
The pain kicks in during the cycle ride to Abington. Photo: Twitter/GathimbaEdwards

“Without an education, without finishing school these two amazing kids will have no chance,” says Abbie.

“It’s as simple as that. I can not put into words the desperate situation that we found these two in, I used to be a little embarrassed to ask for donations but having been to Kenya and seen the absolute poverty that the kids there are brought up in and how little it takes to make a difference I have no qualms, for the price of a cup of coffee you can make a difference, we can make a difference, we can give these inspirational kids a chance!”

Abi's 3 Peaks Challenge Ben Nevis
Abi arrives in Abington. Photo: Twitter/GathimbaEdwards

If you would like to support Abi‘s 3 Peaks Challenge, you can do so via her TotalGiving page.

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