Intrepid cub scout and his sisters complete three-peaks challenge for charity

10 Aug 2020 @ 1.22 pm
| Charity

A ten-year-old York Cub Scout and his two little sisters have completed a mammoth three-peaks challenge to raise more than £600 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Christopher Zawada, a member of York’s 1st Holgate Scout Group, tackled the Yorkshire three peaks as part of his cub scout challenge. And twin sisters Emily and Laura, aged eight, went along too.

They hiked 40 miles over three days to conquer the Yorkshire three peaks, Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough, despite fog, heavy rain, muddy fields and some rock climbing.

Dad George Zawada and stepmum Megan were there for each gruelling mile and were impressed by the children’s stamina and attitude.

Completed 500 miles

Another big climb

“My dad has MS and they regard him as their grandad. So they thought the challenge was for a very good cause,“ said Megan.

“There were no blisters but a few tears from the girls along the way. But they stuck it out,” she said.

To prepare for the trek, the Acomb family took the Couch-to-5k challenge of getting off the sofa and by the end, being able to run five kilometres.

Since the start of lockdown the family has walked or run more than 500 miles.

‘The views were amazing’

“That part of Yorkshire is so beautiful, the views were amazing,” said Megan. “We hope we can inspire other families to try something like this to raise money for their good cause or just to keep fit.”

So far the family has raised £639 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society UK.