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Four fundraisers have climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest at K2 Crawley to raise money for good causes.

George Phillips, Emily Moss, Harold Gibson-Bell and Lizzie Puttock completed their challenge today (Monday, September 1).

The four college friends spent Saturday, Sunday and today climbing up and down the High Sports walls, at the centre in Pease Pottage Hill, to reach the total height of 29,029ft.

They were raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Bradbury Court and Lupus UK.

“It’s been great, we don’t feel like we have climbed Everest,” said Emily who was raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

“Well our fingers and arms do.”

George, who was raising money for Bradbury Court, said: “I wore through my first pair of gloves, I think we have gone through three rolls of tape and two boxes of plasters over the three days.”

However, the group said the challenge was worth it to raise money and awareness for their chosen charities.

“We have been meeting people here who have been putting money in the pot,” said George.

“Our friends and family have been really helpful.

“A big thank you to High Sports for letting us climb here and Printz Charmin for giving us the shirts.”

Lizzie and Harold, from Littlehampton, were raising money for Lupus UK – a cause close to Lizzie’s heart.

“It has been pretty tiring and I have lupus anyway, which is why we chose it as our charity,” said Lizzie.

“It is a summer-time achievement before going off to university and getting jobs and all of that.”

The friends met at Chichester College when Emily and Lizzie joined a climbing course run by Harold and George.

They marked the end of their three-day challenge by planting flags at the top of the wall.




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