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Newbury teen in feline form for hill climb challenge

Park House pupil to climb beacon hill dressed as a leopard

John Herring

John Herring


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Newbury teen in feline form for hill climb challenge

A NEWBURY teenager has set herself a fundraising challenge to climb a local landmark while dressed a leopard.

Sophie Smith will be walking up and down Beacon Hill in Burghclere 10 times on Saturday, to raise money for Raleigh International, a charity that encourages young people to volunteer in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Tanzania and Malaysian Borneo to build sustainable developments in poor communities.

The 18-year-old Park House School pupil will be heading to Borneo for 10 weeks in June and said she felt it was important for her to help other people. Her trip will consist of helping to build a kindergarten and installing gravity-fed water systems; helping to protect the local environment; and a 12-day trek through the jungle learning about the lives of local people.

She said that she would be carrying out the walk in her leopard onesie because of the Sunda Clouded Leopards that live in the south-Asian country.

She also joked that another reason was because she could not find an orang-utan onesie.

So far, Miss Smith has raised £275 of her £3,150 target and is organising a barbecue, music and raffle at the Starting Gate Pub, Newbury, on Friday, May 29.

“This should be a really enjoyable evening and it would be lovely if lots of people could come along,” she said. “I would be grateful for any donations to go into the raffle as prizes or donations.”

For more information or to make a donation visit sophie-smith51/or email Miss Smith on

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