Family conquers three peaks for father and friend

From left, Rachel, Jane, Mat and Becky Gilbert.
From left, Rachel, Jane, Mat and Becky Gilbert.
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A family have tackled the three highest mountains in Britain in memory of their beloved father and a close friend.

The Gilbert family, who live in Edith Weston and Hallaton, Leicestershire, climbed 9,800ft in 24-hours to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.

The group, which included mum Jane, daughter Rachel, son Mat, and his wife Becky, took on the challenge to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK, after their father and grandfather Ken Garnett suffered from the disease before he died in 2008, aged 80.

They were also completing the feat in aid of hospice charity Loros, after their friend Carol Unna, from Uppingham, passed away in a hospice in 2005, aged 46.

The family has raised more than £800 so far, which will be split between the two causes.

Jane, 54, from Medbourne Road in Hallaton, said: “We lost a very good friend and father so the challenge was all in their memory.

“My children were very close to them and we thought of them a lot on the climbs.”

The group first climbed the 4,409ft high Ben Nevis in Scotland, then Scafell Pike, at 3,209ft, in the Lake District, before tackling the 3,560ft high Snowdon in Wales.

Jane said: “It was very hard going but we walked together and kept each other going.

“The weather was fantastic and it was quite surreal when we reached the peaks.

“We were elated when we finished the challenge. It was just amazing and we had a real sense of achievement.

“We’ve had so much support, especially at Great Easton shop where I work, and we’re all very grateful.”