Students take on Ben Nevis to support the Echo’s children’s hospice appeal

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TWO Sunderland University students will climb the highest mountain in the UK to generate cash towards a play park for needy youngsters.

Pals Shaun Green, 21, and Andrew Johnstone, 22, are hoping to get to the top of Ben Nevis, in Scotland, on Sunday.

Students Andrew Johnstone and Shaun Green, right, are planning to climb Ben Nevis raising money for the Grace House Hospice appeal.

Students Andrew Johnstone and Shaun Green, right, are planning to climb Ben Nevis raising money for the Grace House Hospice appeal.

They are aiming to raise hundreds of pounds for the Echo’s Hospice of Hope appeal, which needs £20,000 towards building a play park at Grace House Hospice in Southwick, Sunderland.

The pair, who are both studying sports development, say they were inspired to start fund-raising after seeing coverage of the appeal in the Echo.

Shaun, of Hetton, said: “We saw something about the appeal in the Echo and decided that we should do something for it.”

Despite Shaun or Andrew, from Doxford Park, having next to no experience, the duo feel confident of getting to the 2,300ft-high summit safely.

“Neither of us have done anything like this before, but there’s a first time for everything I suppose,” added Shaun, who works part-time in a supermarket.

“We aren’t sure how long it will take, but hopefully it’ll only be a few hours.”

The lads have also urged people to get behind and donate money.

“I’ve got more than £150 so far and Andrew’s got a bit too, but we’d like to get as much as possible because it’s a good cause.”

To donate towards Shaun and Andrew’s charity climb, go to www.justgiving.com/Shaun-Green0

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Donate

THERE are a number of ways to donate towards our Hospice of Hope appeal, which currently stands just short of the £4,000 mark.

Readers can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount they wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.

Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.

Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.

They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

Tell us about it

ARE you planning to hold an event for the Hospice of Hope campaign?

Perhaps you are arranging a jumble sale or karaoke night.

We want to hear about your fund-raising efforts. Contact David Allison on 501 7137 or david.allison@northeast-press.co.uk