A novice climber and two brave friends conquered the notorious Three Peaks challenge in memory of his girlfriend’s father.
Keith Fielder scaled Mount Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike - the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - in just over 25 hours, along with friends Roland Hempel and David McCullough.
Girlfriend Jenn Corr, 26, lives in Hemel Hemsptead and lost her dad Dave to cancer in May last year. Before he passed away he was cared for at the Hospice of St Francis in Northchurch, but sadly Keith never got the chance to get to know him properly.
Jen and Keith were brainstorming ideas on how to raise money for the hospice in Dave’s memory, and Keith said he put two and two together. He said: “Me and my two friends had always talked about doing the Three Peaks one day.”
So far, the trio have raised £920 and Keith says they’re hoping to break the £1,000 mark. On his Just Giving donation page, Keith has dubbed the Three Peaks the Three ‘Beaks’ as a reference to Dave’s nickname, which was ‘Daffy’.
Keith, 34, from Watford, said the challenge was something that was completely new to him. He said: “It’s one of those things that you can’t really train for, but I did do a lot of walking in the six to eight months beforehand to build my legs up.”
Keith wants to give a special mention to Roland’s brother Bob, who was the trio’s dedicated driver throughout the challenge. He said: “We couldn’t have climbed the three moutains and driven as well, so we couldn’t have done it without his help.”
You can still donate to Keith’s cause at www.justgiving.com/Three-Beaks.