Chris shares his remarkable fundraising (and fitness!) challenge
Myself and three wonderful (foolhardy) friends, Gemma, Barney and Sam are planning to climb the three peaks. However, being the plucky (witless) souls that we are we decided to aggrandise the challenge to boost our ratings. While climbing the three peaks we will be carrying with us a rowing machine (cumbersome) and a few weights (unwieldy). Not just for fun but to allow us, when we get to the top (breezy), to row the height of the hill (Stratospherically high mountain) and then (after a snack) also lift the height of the peak in KGs. Yes; climb, row, snack, lift, repeat. 3 times. One. After. The. Other. 36 hours.
If that’s not enough to have you horrified enough, here are the stats;
1. Ben Nevis - 4,413 ft - Climb it, row it, snack on it, lift it.
2. Scafell Pike - 3,209 ft - Climb it, row it, snack on it, lift it.
3. Snowden - 3,560 ft - You get the idea
All this of course, is for a cause dear to mine and my family’s heart. Our son Harrison was diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome at the age of two. Fragile X is the most common known cause of learning disability, leading to social, language, attentional, emotional, learning and behavioural difficulties. Early diagnosis and befitting intervention are key to ensuring children and adults can reach their full potential and live their best life. A diagnosis like this can be overwhelming; the Fragile X Society provided us a support system. But not only support, a road map enabling us to navigate each milestone, advice equipping us to locate the best help available to him, education empowering us to foster the most nurturing environment for him. They were invaluable. They are the only charity of their kind in the UK. They have three primary aims; to provide information and practical guidance to individuals and families living with Fragile X; to educate and inform the public and professionals in order to raise awareness and understanding of the syndrome and to encourage and support research into all aspects of Fragile X.
I cannot put into words how essential the support of the Fragile X Society has been and continues to be to our family. I want to raise as much money as possible to help ensure that their services are always available to other affected families.