PUBLISHED: 09:28 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:36 30 June 2017
Christian Brown’s father was a teacher at the school before his retirement
A governor at a special school in Gravesend is tackling the three-peaks challenge to fundraise £10,000 towards building a disability sports and arts centre on the school grounds.
Christian Brown, 38, who works for leisure provider Greenwich Leisure Limited, hopes that by completing the gruelling task, on July 15, he’ll be able to contribute to the £6m project at Ifield School, which provides special education to pupils aged four to 19 years.
Plans to build a six-badminton court sports hall, dance and performing arts studio and theraphy rooms, a room with sunken trampolines, hoists and specialised equipment, and an outdoor football pitch, running tack, climbing wall and wildlife area, have been approved by Kent County Council, and discussions with potential funders will now take place.
Mr Brown said: “I’m looking to support the school over coming years to achieve their dream of providing these outstanding facilities. My father, Ian, who passed away last year from cancer, taught at the school up until his retirement, and afterwards still supported it.
“He grew up in the countryside in Carlisle, and had a great love for the outdoors, especially mountain hikes and walks. This challenge is a way of both helping me through my loss and doing something positive. I’m sure he would be proud.”
Mr Brown, along with a group of school friends, will begin by climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, followed by Scafell Pike in the Lake District, and then Snowdon in Wales, all within 24 hours, and with the latter being completed in the dark.
He added: “I’ve been training since the start of the year, but I know it’s going to be tough. This isn’t my first challenge, as I did the London to Brighton cycle two years ago for the British Heart Foundation, and I know it won’t be my last either.
“The money we are looking to raise as part of the challenge will hopefully also raise a huge amount of awareness and attract further investors who will be interested in putting a significant amount of money towards this project.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Ifield-School-iSparc-3-Peaks-Challenge