Three times a lady challenge for local hospice
By sophia1980 | Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:08
Three childhood friends from Bristol are getting their walking boots – and lipsticks – ready for the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for their local hospice.
Tim Fear (39), Adrian Crawford (38) and Andrew Crawford (35) will be climbing Mount Snowdon three times consecutively while dressed as women, to help support St Peter's Hospice.
The challenge, which has been dubbed the 'Three Times a Lady Challenge', will see the friends tackle the Miners Track, the Pyg Track and the infamous Crib Goch route non-stop on Saturday 30 June.
The team, from Downend, decided to raise money for the charity after Tim's mum was cared for by the hospice during the last days of her life, while battling liver cancer.
Tim said: "In the past myself Adrian and Andrew have undertaken various challenges for different charities, but this year will be particularly poignant for me after losing my lovely mum last year.
"In the final days of Mum's life I felt the care she received from the St Peter's Hospice and Macmillan nurses were of great comfort and help to me and my family. I decided that if a challenge was on the cards this year, then who better to benefit. Thankfully the lads (ladies) agreed!"
Each ascent is expected to take the team between six and seven hours to tackle, meaning an early 2am start.
Tim continued: "The challenge is going to be both physically demanding and mentally draining. Once we have reached the finish line we will need to turn around and do it all over again – twice!
"Having said this it's going to be great fun and we're hoping the drag queen element will put a smile on the faces of hundreds on the day, and of course we'll be raising money for a very worthwhile local charity."
The boys held a pre-event fundraiser at the Co-op in Downend this weekend, raising £300 for the cause.
St Peter's Hospice fundraising manager Jo Gibbons said: "The challenge the boys are undertaking is brilliant. We love unique fundraisers like this; nothing like it has ever been done before, so we're thrilled to be named as the chosen charity.
"It's going to take a lot of determination to complete the day but I have no doubt they'll do it. The money raised by Tim and the team will go towards continuing our work helping those with life-limiting illnesses and their families."
St. Peter's Hospice is Bristol's only adult hospice caring for local people with incurable diseases and giving them a better quality of life. All care is provided free of charge but with the NHS contributing just 23% of the £6.5 million needed to run the hospice yearly, support from the public is essential.
Last year the hospice cared for 2,675 patients in the region and supported over 6,000 family members, including children.
Tim said: "Mum was a keen, if slightly worried, supporter of our challenge antics and I know she would have been proud of us on this one.
"Adrian and Andrew are like brothers to me and Mum watched us all grow up together; the main thing that keeps me going is the thought that Mum would have wanted us all to carry on and be strong.
"Her strength in life, especially during her terrible illness when all attempts were made to stay with us, was nothing short of breathtaking. I'm sure I'll shed a tear or two during the tough times of this crazy caper, but I will be comforted by two of the finest friends anyone could wish for.
"Ultimately, I'm driven to complete this challenge by wonderful memories and the love of the one who gave me, and taught me, life. I hope we raise a fantastic amount for the charity."