Sunderland dad with incurable cancer set to climb 3,209 feet up Scafell Pike to raise money for a children’s charity
A Wearside dad-of-three is set to climb Scafell Pike as part of his birthday celebrations while raising money for Children with Cancer UK.
Following his diagnosis, Chris wanted to challenge himself and set his sights on running the London Marathon in October this year.
As his 42nd birthday approaches on August 10, he challenged his Twitter followers to give 3,209 likes (the height of Scafell Pike) on a tweet for him to take on the challenge – with the aim of £3,209 in donations to do it in a Newcastle shirt.
Chris, who is husband to wife Lucy and dad to Luke, Molly, and Nancy, has so far raised over £8,800 for the children’s cancer charity and following a boost from his latest challenge, he is approaching the £10,000 mark.
He said: “I decided to do it a this year is probably the last chance to do things like this while I’m in good health and the weather is ideal at the moment so I thought why not.
"I’m going to be doing on Monday (August 9) it with a friend and a couple of others who are in a similar situation to me and I’m looking forward to it.
"The tweet obviously has done really well but the main aim to raise awareness for the cause and I’ve managed to raise an extra £1,400 on the back of it.”
He added: “My treatment is still going well, it has been making me feel quite tired over the last month but I’m coming to the end of the current cycle and I’m able to manage it better.
"I’ve had to join the gym again and train inside as the recent hot weather is a problem for running outside but I’m doing enough to ensure that I get round both the Great North Run and the London Marathon.”
You can follow Chris’ journey on climbing Scafell Pike and training for the London Marathon via his Twitter account @gotthegistofit.