An adventurous lab manager from Specsavers Leicester took on a gruelling challenge in August as he climbed three of the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales to raise more than £400 for charity. 

Tony Walker completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge in 25 hours in aid of Loros Hospice, a Leicester based charity that provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses. 

A great experience

‘The challenge was really tough and we battled through all kinds of weather, including hail at times, said Tony. ‘But it really was a great experience and well worth it to raise money for such a great cause.’

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, a total ascent of more than 3,000ft. Participants typically aim to complete the challenge as quickly as possible, travelling throughout the day and night to climb all three peaks, often within 24-26 hours. 

Store director Balijit Kaur praised Tony for his charitable efforts and said: ‘Despite some horrible weather and the sheer scale of this challenge, Tony has shown real commitment. We are all so impressed by his efforts!’

Charity challenge

This latest escapade is one of many charitable adventures for Tony in the last few months. As part of a one year charity challenge, he has already completed a 100-mile bike ride from Leicester to Skegness in April. Tony has raised more than £1,100 for Loros Hospice to date, and plans to continue his fundraising in the coming months. To find out more or to support Tony on his one year challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oneyearchallenge

‘I decided to do something a bit different and physically testing while raising money for Loros, and I’m so happy with what I’ve achieved so far,’ Tony added. ‘There will plenty more to come in the next few months, and I’m really looking forward to breaking the £1,500 fundraising mark!’ 

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