A group of twelve students and tutors (Jake, Alexander, Lizzie, Katy, Charley, Grace, Vida, Peter, Madeleine, Owen, Elyse and Tristan) have signed up for the Three Peaks Challenge and will be climbing three mountains in the UK this April to raise money for the BSO’s community clinics. We caught up with a few of them to find out why they’re doing the challenge and how they’re preparing for it.
What made you all do the challenge?
We wanted to do something to help the BSO after all the support they have given us over the last few years. Not only that but having worked in the BSO community clinics, we all know how much the BSO helps those who really need osteopathy but wouldn’t normally have access to it. It was also the last opportunity for us to do something together in our final year, so we thought we'd go out with a big bang!
Have you done anything like this before?
Although Lizzie has gone snowshoeing before in the Italian Dolomites and Charley had once climbed Mount Snowden on a school trip, none of us have done anything as extreme as this before. We’re all really excited but we know it’ll be challenging!
What does raising money for the BSO mean to you?
Raising money for the BSO means a great deal to us, as with the money raised, the school will be able to continue funding vital community clinics. These free community clinics allow those who may have not been able to afford it to receive osteopathic care. Such clinics are close to all of our hearts and have allowed us as student osteopaths to gain a wealth of experience by helping a diverse range of patients. As a result, we’ve been able to see the direct positive impact that the BSO’s services have had on patients. These clinics have also helped to increase the awareness of osteopathy and how osteopathy can benefit the wider community.
How are you preparing for the challenge?
We haven’t actually started training as of yet but we’re hoping to get started quite soon, especially as some of us have made New Year’s resolutions to be more fit! Some of us are fairly active and some of us aren’t so much. We’ve all got different things we like doing to stay active but in general our plans are to hit the gym, improve our general fitness, stamina, and endurance. We’re also hoping to go on long walks on different terrains as part of our training which should definitely help us cope with climbing three peaks!
How are you juggling university life with training?
It will be a good motivator for getting out there and being more active, so we’ve all taken it in our stride. We hope the training will help us to have more concentration in classes, relieve the stresses of studying all day and help make us more energetic, motivated and healthy.
Any tips for students wanting to do a challenge like this?
All you need is the motivation to do something good for society, a good group of friends and a good pair of walking shoes. Also, start training early!
We wish everybody taking part in the challenge the very best of luck. Please help our lovely students reach their target by donating via their Just Giving page.