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Sunderland group climbs Ben Nevis for cancer charity

(from left to right) Vitalli Lunkevich,  Daniel Stoker, Ben Gillespie and Stephen Day at the peak of Ben Nevis, in Scotland

(from left to right) Vitalli Lunkevich, Daniel Stoker, Ben Gillespie and Stephen Day at the peak of Ben Nevis, in Scotland

NOVICE climbers scaled new heights to generate hundreds of pounds for a worthy cause.

A group of four pals climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland.

The foursome, Daniel Stoker, 22, Vitalli Lunkevich, 26, Ben Gillespie, 22, and Stephen Day, 24, reached the summit of the 1,344-metre peak.

Despite having no proper experience of mountain climbing between them, they managed to reach the top in just over eight hours.

The group met while studying at Bede College in Sunderland, and after a couple of drinks one night, came up with the idea of doing the climb to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer fund.

Stephen, of Ashbrooke, said: “It was over a few pints one night that we decided it would be a good thing to do.

“None of us had ever done anything like this before, so it was a real step into the unknown.

“It was really hot conditions on the way up and then freezing snow when we got to the peak.

“We were shattered by the time we got back down, but it was worth it.”

After having an initial fund-raising target of £300, the lads are now over the £700 mark.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to raise so much,” added Stephen.

“Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and most people seem to know someone who is affected by it.

“But what many people don’t realise is that it also affects a lot of men as well as women, so that’s what we wanted to highlight by doing the climb.”

 

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