July 14th, 2012 by Lihou Charitable Trust
Ten Friends of Lihou begin a grueling 24-hour marathon to raise money for the charity on the weekend of 14 and 15 July 2012.
The group will take part in the Three Peaks Challenge, which includes a climb up Ben Nevis (4408 feet) before driving to the Lake District where they will climb Scafell Pike (3209 feet) and finally to Wales for an ascent up Snowdon (3560 feet) all in just 24-hours. The Challenge begins with the climb up Ben Nevis at 5 pm on Saturday 14 July.
Each member of the group has funded the trip them self so all funds can be given to The Lihou Charitable Trust which is looking to raise as much money as possible to replace the roof of Lihou House.
The charity needs £60,0000 and so far £30,000 has been raised. The challengers are hoping to raise at least £5,000.
In 1995 the States of Guernsey bought Lihou Island in order to guarantee the people of Guernsey and visitors alike, access.
In 2006 The Lihou Charitable Trust took over the lease for the house in order to continue the work started by The States by ensuring that it remain as a facility open to all.
Since then over 9,000 people have stayed in the house of which over 65% have been the target audience of schools and youth groups.
Richard Curtis, The warden of The Lihou Charitable Trust, said, “Lihou Island is a great place for hosting training weekends, private gatherings, bird watching and environmental breaks, painting days and much more.”
The house is available to anyone who wishes to book it, however, The Trust is particularly focused on educational and environmental visits, which are generally orientated towards youth and school trips, as Mr Curtis has in-depth knowledge of the islands flora and fauna and also provides team-building activities such as archery, abseiling and climbing to encourage communication and cooperation.
Any group using the house can book activities at a small additional cost. Mr Curtis, a fully qualified mountain leader, will be guiding the team which consists of Emma Curtis, his wife, their 11-year-old son Peter, Jane Dufty, Paul Dallamore, David Stephenson, Emma Depres, Ewan McKinnes, Laura Preston and Dave Le Feuvre. Mr Le Feuvre who will be driving the minibus during the challenge which has been kindly leant to the team by the Salvation Army.
“It is important to challenge yourself from time-to-time but it can be difficult to motivate yourself to do so. However doing this challenge for The Lihou Charitable Trust’s roof appeal is a worthy cause and one from which lots of local children and adults alike will benefit from and just the incentive I needed,”’ said Emma Curtis.
Donations can be made by cheque payable to ‘Friends of Lihou’.
For more information about the challenge or any other aspect of The Trust’s activities, please contact Richard Curis on 07781 120421 or email warden @ lihouisland.com or follow The Lihou Charitable Trust on Facebook.