By Hannah Binns
Following death of agricultural student, friends aim to climb tallest peaks in under 24 hours.
Rob Stephenson, a former student at Newcastle University studying Agriculture with Agronomy, who loved sport and played for various teams, tragically passed away aged 21 on Saturday 26th March 2016 during a night out with friends.
Rob was from a farming background, with his father, Patrick Stephenson, being an agromist and chairman of the AICC (Association of Indepencant Crop Consultants).
In his memory his family set up The Rob Stephenson Trust: a charity which sends sports equipment all over the world, giving children the opportunity to participate in sport without having to worry about costings.
The fund also helps students at Newcastle University further their education, something Rob always wanted but never got the chance to do.
On Wednesday August 31 2016, eleven of his closest friends are attempting to tackle the Three Tallest Peaks (Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike) in under twenty-four hours, to raise money for the charity.
It will be both extremely physically and mentally exhausting, with sleep deprivation adding a further challenging dimension.
So far, they have raised £405, and are hoping to raise £500 to fund netting for Thorton Dale Cricket Club where Rob spent many happy hours in the summer.
As quoted on the website: “Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
Follow their progress on their Just Giving page.