Fab four raise funds for cancer charity
Ian, John, Jason and Sean near the summit of Scafell Pike…still cheery after the first challenge.
A band of four Salford workers scaled three of Britain’s highest peaks on one of the hottest weekends of the year to raise money for charity.
The charitable gang scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in less than 24 hours to raise over £800 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Nelson-man Jason Riley organised the event, enlisting Keepmoat bosses Ian McDonald and John Grundy as well as Sean Davies of City Plumbing who works in the same building in Salford.
A cause close to the heart of Jason, who lost his mother Christine, 59, to thyroid cancer in 2011, the money raised by the men will go to educate and support teenage cancer patients.
“Sean and I do something for charity every year. This year though, we thought we would set ourselves a real challenge and enlist the help of some of my colleagues,” said 42-year-old Jason who works as a Mechanical Supervisor for Keepmoat.
To keep the troops in line, fellow Keepmoat employee Karl Blain was roped in to drive the support vehicle and offer moral support on the 27 mile walk.
It wasn’t all plain sailing; the group nearly didn’t finish the challenge in the allotted 24 hours after getting lost in the Lake District. Luckily, two friendly policemen offered them an escort and the gang were soon back on track.
“It was a real challenge, but was definitely worth it. The money will go to help people who, like my mum, have been diagnosed with cancer. The £800 we have raised will go a long way to help teens who are coping with the devastating disease,” said father-of-three Jason.
The team are hoping to raise a further £1000 in the wake of the event and are already planning their next fundraising challenge.
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