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Students to climb three mountains in 24 hours for charity

The boys prepare for their adventure on the Isle of Wight

Over the April Bank Holiday weekend three University of Portsmouth students and one ex-student will be attempting the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Grove House Hospice, St Albans.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafel Pike and Mount Snowdon within 24 hours.

The four friends are raising money in memory of one of the participant’s grandfathers, Alan Beale, who passed away in September 2011.

The team consists of Joe Beale, 20, from Harpenden, who is a third year Civil Engineering student; Luke Harrison, 27, a second year Media Studies and Entertainment Technology student; Tom Gellett, 26, who graduated from the University in 2008, and Daniel Gibson, 20, a third year Geography student.

During September 2010, Alan was cared for by home nurses supplied by Grove House. Grove House is a small hospice in St Albans, Hertfordshire, which provides care for patients both in the hospice and at home.

Luke Harrison said: “None of us have ever attempted anything like this ever before. We’re also doing the challenge at a time of year to fit around university commitments, when it’s normally attempted during the April Bank Holiday. This brings its own challenges, climbing mountains in the dark and twilight and dreaded bank holiday traffic.”

Mr. Harrison added: “We picked Grove House as they supported Joe’s grandfather in 2010 and we’re doing this in his memory as it’s something very close to Joe’s heart.”

The challenge means climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, Wales and England. There are approximately 400 miles between them which equates to about 10 hours of driving. The team plans to spend 14 hours of walking time scaling the mountains.

Luke said: “This has its own challenges, if our timing is right we’ll be starting Nevis on the first day at 5 and climbing Snowdon from about 1am.”

Adding: “We have a target on Just Giving of about £350 and we’re half way there but we have paper sponsorship forms with a lot more on in St. Albans which Joe’s parents are looking after. But we’re of course aiming to make as much as possible.”

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The team will also be writing a blog to keep people updated on their progress as they take on their challenge. To keep up-to-date with the boys’ adventure, visit:

2 responses to “Students to climb three mountains in 24 hours for charity”

  1. Thomas Pearce says:

    I would love to hear how they organised the event, as I want to put on a RAG 3 peaks event next year. Good luck guys, hope the weathers not too bad

  2. Luke Harrison says:

    Hi Tom,Luke here, if you want to ask me any questions then email me at

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