Eight ready to take on peaks for charity

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A GROUP of men will embark on a challenge of a lifetime when they climb three peaks in England, Wales and Scotland within 24 hours for charity.

Auctioneer Richard Lambie, 28, of Main Road, Dyke, has organised it and he and seven others will take on the epic feat on June 17 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

He said: “The idea came from me and my friend Jamie Blackbourne wanting to climb the three peaks as a personal challenge and something to train for.

“Then a few of the lads said they would like to join us for the challenge. When we realised there was quite a few of us interested in doing it, we decided to do it for charity and so decided to raise money for the two charities that have played a major part in some of our lives.”

The team includes - Richard with Ryan King, 29, of Southfields, Bourne; Aaron McNamee, 29, also of Southfields, Bourne; Derek Lees, 29, of Stroud Close, Bourne; Sean Knight, 29, of The Austerby, Bourne; Jamie, 29, of Burghley Street, Bourne; Daniel Scotney, 28, of Nottingham; and Mark Atkinson, 25, from London.

Richard said the two charities mean a lot to those taking part and said: “These charities have been chosen by the group as my father William Lambie died of cancer three and half years ago at the age of 61 and Macmillan Cancer Support gave great help to my family at a very difficult time.

“And Derek Lees’ step-daughter and Mark Atkinson’s niece Lauryn Atkinson, who is seven, has battled with Leukaemia for the past two years and is thankfully now in remission, so this is our way of giving something back for the help we have be given.”

So far the men have raised more than £1,000 for each charity, but they want to raise much more if they can.

They have been training for the challenge since the start of the year by running and doing other sporting activities to get them fit and ready.

Richard is really looking forward to the it and said: “The views will be amazing and the sense of achievement will be fantastic. I don’t think all the lads are looking forward to it quite as much as me, but once we’ve finished I’m sure they will be glad they did it.”

To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/bournelads3peaks for their Macmillan page, and www.justgiving.com/bourne3peaks for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Alternatively you can send a cheque to Richard Lambie at Dairy Cottage, 34 Main Road, Dyke, Bourne, PE10 0AF.