Published Monday 4th September 2017

A dozen Hospice supporters have climbed the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in memory of their friend.

The group from the Jubilee Christian Centre, based at St Barnabus Church, Venns Lane, Hereford, braved wind and rain as they travelled to Fort William to begin the Three Peaks challenge in memory of Neil Coulson who led Jubilee’s youth group.

Neil enjoyed physically demanding activities and would encourage everyone to participate.

Ben Nevis, at 4,411 feet, was the first to be scaled by the adventurous group. This was done in tough circumstances as they faced high winds and driving rain.

Next was Scafell Pike in England’s Lake District. The severe weather on Ben Nevis took its toll on the group meaning eight of them climbed England’s highest peak – the whole challenge being undertaken in complete darkness.

After leaving The Lakes it was on to North Wales to climb Snowdon, with seven able to clamper up Wales’ highest peak, meaning the group had completed the adventure six minutes shy of 24 hours.

‘It was an amazing adventure for all and made all the more significant in that we did it for the memory of our good friend Neil Coulson,’ said Gavin Pettigrew, one of those taking on the challenge.

‘The driving and support crew also had their own adventure. Wet tents, two punctures and a blowing exhaust all had to be contended with as well as supplying much needed hot meals, a continuous supply of butties and hot drinks to keep the challengers’ spirits up.’

Well over £1,000 has been raised from the challenge with the money going to St Michael’s and the church youth group.

Donations can still be made here