WALKING up England’s four highest mountains in one weekend is a daunting challenge but a group are preparing to take on the mammoth task to raise money for children battling cancer.
Elm man Shane Reed was happy to help when he was approached by Linza Corp about the possibility of doing a fundraiser for Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN), a charity helping families affected by the aggressive childhood cancer.
Shane has spent the last three months planning June’s trek, which will see him and 14 others, including Linza’s husband Steve who recently climbed Everest for FAN, go to the Lake District and climb Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw.
Each mountain is over 3,000 feet high and the combined distance they will climb is more than 9,325 feet.
Experienced climber Shane said: “It’s not the Himalayas, but it will still be hard, especially for those who have never done it before.”
Childhood cancer has touched Shane’s family, although luckily not with his own children. His eldest daughter Summer, who is now 12, went to primary school with a young girl who had cancer.
“My children are all healthy thankfully and I want to give something back. Summer wishes she could come with us but it’s too hardcore for her. Maybe when she gets a bit older, I’ll take her,” Shane said.
He was hoping to raise £1,000, as that is how much it costs to take the FAN children on a day trip, but with everyone raising a minimum of £120 in sponsorship, they have already smashed that total. He is now aiming for £3,000.
The money will go into the Max Corp Memorial Fund, set up in memory of Linza and Steve’s baby son who died of neuroblastoma in 2009. The memorial fund helps pay for monthly trips for FAN children and their families.
• To sponsor Shane, go to www.bmycharity.co.uk/Englands4peaks. To sponsor Steve Corp, Max’s dad, visit www.bmycharity.co.uk/Mountains4Max