Playful sibling rivalry between Ben Wadeson and his brother, Danny, has resulted in over £450 being raised for local children's hospice, Derian House.
Derian House, based in Lancashire, provide respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West … 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Ben, National Account Manager at What More UK; his brother Danny, who flew to the UK from Washington DC specially to take part in the challenge; and their father, Ken, Retired Fireman, embarked on the challenge on one of the hottest weekends of the year so far to support the charity.
"There was a heatwave on the Friday, it was a balmy 30 degrees when we reached the foot of Ben Nevis at 7pm, reaching the summit at around 11pm, taking a moment to soak in the stunning views along the way. We saw sunrise at Scafell Pike in Seascale after a six-hour long car journey - though slightly cooler, it was a much steeper ascent and definitely more demanding than the first peak! I found it the toughest terrain out of the three, but we managed to complete it before driving four more hours to the beautiful mountain that is Snowden."
By the time the three men had reached the third peak, exhaustion and fatigue was starting to set in.
"The third peak was testing - we'd been awake for a long time and our legs were starting to ache from the first two peaks. But we knew we had to fight through it for the children we were raising money for. It was important for us to finish. A cloudier atmosphere on Snowden meant the views were completely obscured so we had to use head torches on our descent."
"I have a new found respect for people who climb these peaks either individually or collectively. The real positive was being able to raise money for a worthwhile local charity, Derian's House. Spending quality time with my brother and dad, a rarity with me now living in America, was also really special - the sibling rivalry and wanting to beat my brother definitely gave us the motivation to push through!"
For more information about Derian's House visit www.derianhouse.co.uk
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