Three peaks challenge

AN INTREPID team of four walkers are tackling the three peaks challenge for charity next week.

Tuesday, 26th June 2012, 10:26 am

They are raising money for the Nystagumus Network - a charity that is very close to their hearts.

Two-year-old Alfie Fox was diagnosed with the condition, which causes an involuntary movement of the eyes reducing vision.

His mum Jane Fox, uncle Andrew Harker and friends Andrea Bingham and Steve Smith will climb the highest peaks in Scotland, Wales and England to raise money and awareness for the little-known charity.

“We are not really walkers, but decided that we wanted to do something big for the charity,” said Jane.

“Alfie’s cousin Callum Harker was meant to be joining us but he dislocated his knee, so Steve stepped in at the last minute.”

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us but we are all really looking forward to it,” she added.

The walkers will start their challenge early on Saturday 30th June by scaling Ben Nevis - the highest peak in Scotland.

They will then be driven to the Lake District by Paul Harding to tackle England’s tallest mountain Scafell Pike.

The final challenge will be getting to the top of Mount Snowdon in North Wales.

The whole thing should take them around 24-hours including travelling.

Few people with Nystagumus can drive and most have some difficulties in everyday life, education and employment.

Alfie is a determined little boy who doesn’t let his condition stand in his way.

But the Nystagumus Network has been an invaluable source of suupot and advice for Alfie’s parents.

The network raises awareness of the condition, helps with benefits advice, offers advice for schools and on employment as well as offering telephone support and a newsletter.

Jane thanked everybody who had supported the family and Alfie over the last two years, as well as all those who had sponsored the group.

Special thanks also went to a numbr of local businesses who had supported their efforts including Bespoke Fire and Security, Headz Up, K and R Spares, Online Facias, Clarence Street Motors, RDS, Kiveton Fitness Suite and Jazzy Signs who supplied the group’s T-shirts.

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