Fundraiser Christopher Jackson and his mentor Shaun Watts of the Youth Adventure Trust joined Swindon mayor Kevin Parry in a charity abseil down the 130ft exterior of the Jury’s Inn hotel in the town on Saturday to help finance a school trip to Kenya next year.
Christopher completed the Youth Adventure Programme last year, and has been working with his mentor, Shaun, to build up his self-belief and trust. Ever since Christopher discovered a love for climbing during the Programme, many of their mentoring sessions have been held at their local climbing centre, with Shaun helping to show him the ropes. This culminated in their ultimate challenge when they took part in the charity fundraiser.
He is raising funds to support him on a trip to Kenya organised by his school and Camp International. His visit will last for over 4 weeks, during which he’ll be finding out what life is like in Kenya, as well as helping the local people by building school desks, painting classrooms or making water tanks. He also hopes to assist in mending fences for the wildlife and making elephant deterrents.
The development charity works with vulnerable young people, aged 11-16 and speaking after the charity challenge, Shaun said: “We had a beautiful sunny day for the Big Abseil, and my mentee Chris did himself (and me) proud. Despite a few jitters at the top he fully committed and did the whole thing like a walk in the park. Needless to say he wanted to do again straight away. The Youth Adventure Trust makes a real, tangible difference to young people’s lives and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for supporting us on this challenge.”