Dads set to rise to the challenge

From left, Aidan Houston, Stuart Gaskin, Damion King and John Williams. Photo: SM220111-005ow.jpg
From left, Aidan Houston, Stuart Gaskin, Damion King and John Williams. Photo: SM220111-005ow.jpg
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FOUR dads have vowed to get fit and take on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of charity.

John Williams, 38, of Castle Rise, Belmesthorpe, has roped in his friends Stuart Gaskin, 37, of Obthorpe near Thurlby, Damion King, 29, of Dhaker Way, Deeping St James and Aidan Houston, 29, of Lancaster Way, Market Deeping, to take part in the challenge on Friday, August 26.

It involves climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, which are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

John said: “We were having a drink before Christmas and putting the world to rights.

“We started talking about British men and women serving abroad and how they wouldn’t be spending Christmas with their families and that’s when we decided to do something for them.

“After Christmas when we’d all sobered up a bit, we were all still willing so we just thought let’s go for it.”

The group will be raising funds for Help for Heroes and want to raise as much as £5,000.

They have already started training in preparation for the gruelling task.

John said: “I think it is going to be a massive challenge for all of us and we are all trying to train.

“I don’t think my dog has ever had it so good with all these long walks!

“Our families are being really supportive though.”

John and Stuart both have children at Uffington Primary School, which has agreed to do some fundraising on their behalf.

The group are hoping other businesses will follow suit by fundraising or offering some of the expensive equipment they will need.

John, who works as a sales manager for a telecoms company, said: “We are complete novices so any help that anyone can give us would be greatly appreciated and it’s for a very good cause that we’re taking on this challenge.”

Anyone who can help should contact John on 07879 023969 or e-mail jmdwilliams@live.co.uk