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TJ and Lilly in the fog and mist at the top of one of the peaks
Walking up 3 mountains is impressive for adults to complete but even more so when it is children
Find out what inspired a 12 and 10 year old to take on the 3 Peaks Challenge

Tyler-James (TJ) Mcquillan aged 12 and Lilly-Anne Avery aged 10 from Bideford, completed the 3 Peaks Challenge and raised vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) local hospice, Little Bridge House.

TJ’s Mum Louise said, “TJ has previously raised money for CHSW and wanted to do so again.

The charity has a special place in his heart as he has known a couple of children who would have been the same age as him now, who used the services provided by CHSW but sadly passed away.

He took part in releasing coloured balloons in memory of one of those children and that has stayed with him ever since.”

The pair climbed and conquered Ben Nevis on Tuesday 31st July. And what a climb it was; dry at the foot, few showers and torrential gales, heavy rain, freezing and misty at the summit. There were a few tears, but they did it!

TJ and Lilly are pictured with their fundraising cheque at Little Bridge House

Louise said, “Wednesday 1st August we arrived in Cumbria ready to climb the second mountain Scafell Pike. The morning of the climb was very disappointing. We made the decision not to climb due to poor viability and being too dangerous. We were hoping the weather would improve and be able to climb first thing the next morning before heading for Snowdon. We were all in good spirits and the kids just wanted to eat. Toasted marshmallows went down a treat!”

TJ and Lilly during their 3 Peaks Challenge
The kids embarked upon the Scafell Pike climb but after some challenging weather and due to poor visibility, they had to admit defeat. However, both TJ and Lilly stayed determined and on Saturday 4th August they completed their Scafell Pike mission.

Mount Snowdon would be their final challenge. Louise said, “The weather was on our side with sunshine and smiles all the way. TJ and Lilly took in the stunning views at the summit and took in the emotions of what they had accomplished when they reached the top. They met some lovely people on the way down and shared their experience along the way.

CHSW Community Fundraiser, Josh Allan, said “TJ and Lilly are so inspiring, and they’ve shown such strength of character to persevere with this challenge despite their muscle fatigue and the torrential weather. We’d like to thank them sincerely for their efforts and for helping to make the most of short and precious lives.”