Chris raises mountains of cash

Chris McIntyre (17) who has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, raising approx  �500 for a special school
Chris McIntyre (17) who has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, raising approx �500 for a special school
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AN inspirational Friday Bridge teenager has taken on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a special school.

Chris McIntyre (17) tackled the well-known challenge – which involves walking up Snowdon in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Scafell Pike in Yorkshire in 24 hours – to raise cash for a school in Wiltshire.

Chris, who has learning difficulties and lives at Shelldene House residential home in Friday Bridge, has raised around £500 for the school.

Home manager Andy Bradley said Chris had heard some of the other walkers discussing what they were going to do and he had wanted to pitch in and help raise money for other young people with learning difficulties.

He completed the challenge, although it took him a bit longer than the other walkers as he struggled with his balance.

A Shelldene House staff member completed the Three Peaks with him and Chris has inspired other staff to get active as well.

Andy said: “It’s not every day a 17-year-old does this. There were quite a few people there who were a lot older than him. I think his story is inspiring.”

Chris is no stranger to feats of fitness. Two years ago he did an Iron Man challenge, he regularly attends the gym and can often be seen jogging around the village.