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Tadley campaigners speak to DJ Chris Moyles
A GROUP of friends from Tadley got the chance to tell millions of people about their charity challenge when they called BBC Radio 1 last Friday.
Deborah Patton, who is part of a team of nine who took on the Three Peaks Challenge, called the Radio 1 breakfast show to tell DJ Chris Moyles about their mission before they completed it over the weekend.
Several million people heard Deborah talk about the attempt to scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon, in Wales.
The challenge was to do it between 5pm on Saturday August 11 and 5pm on Sunday August 12.
Deborah said: “Someone suggested I call in. I waited on the phone for absolutely ages but it was worth it in the end.”
Deborah and the team took on the challenge for charity Out of the Blue, which is working to raise money towards legal costs in the murder trial of a taxi driver accused of murdering 18-year-old Tadley teen Robert Sebbage on the Greek island of Zante last July.
Deborah, whose partner is Martin Sebbage, Robert’s brother, said “We weren’t allowed to mention the charity by name but I thought that when I said we were from Tadley people would put two and two together.
“There has been such an amazing response in Tadley for Out of the Blue.”
She said the whole group completed the challenge, through which they hope to raise around £3,000.
The 24-year-old said: “The whole group had fantastic team spirit with a worthwhile cause to motivate us so I think that really spurred us on – especially on the toughest parts – like climbing Scafell Pike in the dark having had no sleep!”
Deborah was joined on the trek by David Patton, Steph Hannay, Jo Champion, James Hellem, Mikey McDonald, Tim High, Loran Harwood and Jason Burke. Their driver was Kevin High.
To sponsor the Out of the Blue Three Peaks team, donate via the Paypal link at outoftheblue-rjs.co.uk.