National Three Peaks Challenge

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March 31st 2023

Last November, Cromer lost an important member of its community, Alfie Gibson. Alife, who was due to start as a Year 7 student at Cromer Academy in September 2022 was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia on Christmas day 2020. He spent the next two years undergoing pioneering stem cell treatment involving chemotherapy and transplants. Sadly, Alfie passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 20th November 2022 and all the staff at Cromer Academy wanted to do something special to remember him while helping to raise money for a brilliant charity close to the family’s heart.

As always, the staff at Cromer Academy love a challenge and have decided to take on the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Notorious for its physical demands, the National Three Peaks Challenge is also incredibly difficult due to the time constraints. Sixteen Cromer staff, consisting of twelve climbers and four support crew, aim to hike up and down the highest mountain in Scotland (Ben Nevis 1345m), England (Scafell Pike 978m) and Wales (Snowdon 1085m) within 24 hours. Alongside the 23 miles of hiking, there is a lot of travelling and very probably little sleep! The team have been putting in the hours, going on practice walks whenever possible with many Cromer residents seeing them out and about dressed in their full Cure Leukaemia kit.

The entire Cromer community has been deeply affected by Alfie’s passing and the school is extremely proud to help raise money for a cause that would aid further research into this condition.

Cure Leukaemia was established in 2003 by Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and patients Graham Silk and Michael Woolley to allow patients with blood cancer in the Birmingham region to access remarkably effective new treatments which were then becoming available. Since then, Cure Leukaemia has been able to expand to a national level, and are now able to offer potential life-saving treatment to patients across the UK.

If you would like to support Cure Leukaemia and the brilliant team at Cromer Academy, any donations would be greatly appreciated.