A letter from a Trustee

Richard Lloyd a Trustee of the SHN Team sent us this letter after hearing about Ben and the Doctors 3 Peaks challenge


Local Doctors, Paul Daniel, David Williams and Tim Marshall, undertook and completed the Three Peaks challenge with Ben Lindon on 28th and 29th September 2013 to raise money for Shipston Home Nursing and Brain Cancer Research.

Ben was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in March 2008 and received radiotherapy and still receives ongoing chemotherapy. He raised enough money to sponsor a day of research at a Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence.

Having walked up and down Snowdon recently and remembering very well how I felt at several points along the way I am in absolute awe of anyone who manages to do all Three Peaks in one go.

For those who have not heard about the Three Peaks Challenge it involves climbing:

Ben Nevis in Scotland

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the U.K at 1344 metres (4409 ft). Walking time estimate – 5 hours

Scarfell Pike in England

Scarfell Pike at 978 metres ( 3560 feet) is the highest mountain in England . Walking time estimate – 4 hours

Snowdon in Wales

Snowdon at 1085 metres ( 2372 feet) is the highest mountain in Wales. Walking time estimate – 4 hours

These facts and figures as so simple to reel off but think for a moment what they involve. For most of us simply walking in normal countryside for 13 hours over two days would be a physical challenge.

Now think about each of those hours involving climbing, and steep climbing in places, or descending (which is a strain of a different kind from climbing but because it is constant it is nevertheless a very real strain) and you can begin to have some idea what the challenge involves.

And now think about doing it in just two days. No chance for a rest or for muscles to recover.

To achieve the challenge requires both physical and mental stamina beyond the resources of most people.

Very well done to each of you! An extra “very well done” to Ben whose attitude to life is an inspiration to all who face very real challenges in their lives.

You can still sponsor the Doctors and Ben by going to: Ben’s Justgiving page or Climbing for Compassion

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