A GROUP of Blackwell students joined forces with their teachers to embark on a four day Welsh Triathalon and raised almost £2,000 for their college.
In total, ten pupils and eight members of staff from Hunters Hill Technology College completed the gruelling challenge which took them from the north to the south of Wales.
They group cycled 180 miles, trekked over the top of Pen-y-fan in Brecon and then swam the coast of Caernarfon.
The money raised from the event will be used to help provide positive life-changing opportunities for the students within education, sport, social interaction and working within their community.
Hunter’s Hill has 120 students who all have moderate learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties, poor social awareness and a wide range of needs.
The college provides a variety of extra-curricular activities for its students intended to increase self-esteem and develop teamwork, communication and socialisation skills – all of which are useful in leading a socially acceptable and independent lifestyle.
Stephen Hall, from the college, said without the support of their sponsors the challenge could of not gone ahead, so they were very grateful to them all.
“We want to give a special thank you to Birmingham Cycle Revolution who provided us with a grant to purchase all the equipment for our challenge, DAC Beachcroft which covered the cost of all our accommodation during the event and Sainsbury’s Longbridge which provided us with energy bars and drinks to keep us going up those big hills in the valleys,” Stephen added.
Stephen said the challenge was an amazing success, providing disadvantaged students with the opportunity to take part in an event which will give them many happy and successful memories for the rest of their lives.
“All the students and staff completed the challenge safely having endured the Welsh weather of rain, sleet, wind, snow and thankfully a little sunshine,” he added.
“The joy and satisfaction on the students’ faces when they reached the Millennium Stadium at the end of the challenge was priceless.”
Visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/huntershilln2s to donate to the cause.