Teachers at Grantham schools reach the top in charity trek

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Two Grantham teachers have succeeded in scaling three peaks in 24 hours for charity.

Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School chemistry teacher Gareth Bennett and his wife Cheryl Bennett, a teacher at Walton Girls’ School, successfully climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

The pair, who live in Berkshire Drive, Grantham, were joined by members of their family - Cheryl’s sister, Sarah, Sarah’s husband, Andy, and Andy’s nephew, Craig.

The fund-raising effort raised around £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Gareth, who has suffered from cancer himself, said: “My chemotherapy treatment cost about £1,500 so I thought I would like to raise that amount of money.

“The £3,000 means someone else can receive the same treatment I had.”

The trek did not get off to the best of starts when Cheryl injured her knee coming down the first mountain, Ben Nevis.

Gareth, who is also captain of Grantham Cricket Club, said: “By the time we got to the mountain we thought she wasn’t going to be able to do it anymore but she really gutsed it out. I couldn’t believe she carried on really.”