We are totally in awe of Aston! With one of his climbing coaches, Jack, he is taking on a huge challenge attempting to reach the summit of the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
This is an adventure which is not without risk for anyone, but Aston is Primary School age. The 2 day trek will take him through this long mountain range that separates the Atlantic Coast from the Sahara desert to the highest peak Jebel Toubkal, weather permitting, at 4067 meters.
Rest assured Aston is in safe hands, as his family and climbing club have organised everything and will be with him all the way. Aston completed the UK 3 peaks before he was 10 so has plenty of experience and has been building up to this with altitude training. We are so grateful to Aston for deciding to do this challenge in aid of Helen Arkell.
Aston says he decided to undertake this challenge to reflect the many difficult steps children with Neurodiversity undertake in their learning journey and on behalf of those who are struggling without the support they need.
He also wanted to acknowledge the support provided by the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, particularly the inspiration from Ginny his tutor at the charity, and his first climbing coach and expedition leader Jack, both of whom have had a life changing impact on Aston, his family and many others.
Good luck Aston, and thank you so much for your support for Helen Arkell!
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