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Journalists vote with their feet on charity mission

Two local press reporters who have been up all night at the election count are embarking on the next stage of an energy-sapping weekend today.

Long after other journalists have filed their final stories and crawled into bed, Jenni Horn and Sarah Shaffi from the Medway Messenger will begin the Three Peaks Challenge in Scotland.

Their adventure begins today with a nine-hour bus journey from Rochester, in Kent, to Fort William before tackling Ben Nevis at 6am tomorrow.

They will be joined on the 24-hour trek by Messenger colleague Keyan Milanian who should be slightly fresher than his colleagues as he is not covering the elections.

The climb up Ben Nevis is expected to take them five hours and will be followed by a six-hour drive to the second peak, Scafell Pike in Cumbria, with the stage due to start at 5pm.

After another four hours of trekking in the Lake District, the trio will jump aboard the coach to head to Wales and a 1am start Sunday morning on Mount Snowdon.

A celebratory breakfast awaits the walkers before the lengthy trip back to the headquarters of CPC in Kent, the children’s charity for which they are raising money to help youngsters with cerebral palsy.

Recovery time, for Sarah at least, will be pretty minimal as is due back at work on Monday, with Jenni and Keyan off until the middle of next week.

Medway Messenger editor Bob Bounds said: “Jenni, Sarah, and Keyan should be really proud of themselves not only for showing the commitment to doing a good job in getting the election covered live but for having the get up and go to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.

“Most of us would struggle with that after a good night’s sleep. They are a real example and everyone at the KM Group wishes them all the best.”

  • They have already raise nearly £2,000, easily surpassing their £1,500 target but they can still be sponsored at
  • (L to R): Sarah, Keyan and Jenni ahead of their Three Peaks Challenge