BUNGEE jumping, scaling snow covered peaks, running hundreds of miles and leaping from planes is not what you would expect from the average teaching assistant.
But for Jenny Beyer life outside the classrooms at St Claire’s Catholic Primary School in Lache, is a far cry from reading, writing and arithmetic, as she pushes herself to take on new challenges to raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
To date, Jenny, of Oakley Avenue in Hoole, has battled miles of scorching desert and scrambled up vertical cliff faces to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise hundreds of pounds for the RSPCA, as well as racing between sky scrapers and around parks to raise £400 for the animal charity during the New York Marathon.
Now after throwing herself out of a plane to raise money for an African orphanage during an exhilarating skydive, Jenny is preparing herself for two big challenges much closer to home to raise cash for the Countess of Chester Hospital.
This Saturday (April 28) Jenny will be hosting a Zumbathon at Holy Trinity Without the Walls in Blacon to try and raise hundreds of pounds for the hospital which provided excellent care for a friend who was suffering from cancer.
In July, Jenny will be taking on the Three Peaks challenge, scaling over 5,000ft in less than 11 hours in a bid to raise more cash.
Jenny, who has worked at the Lache school as a classroom assistance for just over a year took her medals from the London and New York Marathons in to show the children.
She said that she loved the thrill of challenges and that raising the money for charities was a
“I all started when I did Camp America at university, since then I have just wanted to try different things,” said Jenny.
“I love the challenge and the thrill you get from doing different things.
“It is really quite nice to do the event and raise the money knowing that you are enjoying yourself and having a once in a life time experience, but that you are helping a good cause.”
Jenny wants to continue pushing herself to raise even more money for other local charities, by doing an adventurous Skywalk.
“I am not going to stop, I might have a little break after doing the Three Peaks.
“I think that my parents are hoping that I will finish after this.”
The Zumbathon will be held at Holy Trinity Without the Walls, Blacon, Norris Road, Chester, from 2-4pm on Saturday.
Tickets are £3 and there will be a raffle and refreshments.