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02/08/18Your stories

Summer of Sporting Challenges by the Four Fenby Boys

Four boys aged 16, 14, 12 and 8 years old from York have set themselves an incredible number of challenges to raise funds for Candlelighters, because they want to use their summer holidays to help others.

The younger two boys became aware of the work and support that Candlelighters offer through fundraising events at their school, Cundall Manor in York. The school organised a mufti day and a charity walk in June to raise £1,114 for Candlelighters.

Heart-warmingly they asked straight away if they could do something at home to help raise more money.

They have pulled on their walking boots, swim caps, cycling helmets and trainers to take part in different sporting challenges which started on Saturday 14th July, when they climbed to the top of Snowdon, Wales.

Lyn Fenby said: “The weather was stunning for a walk up Snowdon and we all had a good time.  It was 9 hours of walking and the blister that my 8 year old had was monstrous.  New boots will be bought before we tackle Scafell Pike.”

This is the first of the UK’s three peaks that they will tackle during the summer holidays, with plans to tackle Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis before school resumes in September.

On the weekend of 21st and 22nd July they traded in their walking boots for trainers, wheels and swim caps as they all compete in the Castle Tri Series at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire. The youngest boy was particularly nervous about taking part in his first triathlon and was not looking forward to the open water swim section in the lake, but it went well and they all completed their races (however they were duly stiff and sore afterwards).

Meanwhile, the family saw on Twitter that it’s the York 10k on August 5th so as they have a spare weekend they are taking part and volunteering to help on the day too! What superstars!

You can keep up to date with their progress on social media too on Twitter – @bookjacketsHQ and Instagram – @SheBakesSheBurns

Lyn Fenby said: “It was great fun and great to see that on Saturday we started to exceed our fundraising target.”

If you would like to support them you can donate on their Just Giving page which is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/FourFenbyBoys

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