Darren Grant and Shaun Wilson from York have set themselves a huge, rather unique ‘Tri-Challenge’ to raise funds for Candlelighters.

They did their first ‘Tri-Challenge’ last June and raised an incredible £1469.50 in memory of Nioni Grant, Darren’s niece, who sadly lost her life to Leukaemia in January 2016.

In June this year they will be spending a full 4 days kayaking, hiking and cycling covering around 250 miles in total. They will start on day 1 kayaking the full length of Loch Ness, in Scotland which is approximately 22 miles. On Day 2 they plan to hike 22 miles up and round Ben Nevis.

Darren said “Most people might just climb up and down Ben Nevis but we are slightly crazy and like to be different.”

As if that is not enough they will then cycle from Galashiels in Scotland all the way back to York covering over 180 miles in 2 days.

Darren and Shaun have recruited their friend Steve Marron to support them on their challenge.

Darren and Shaun before their hike!

Shaun said “Steve is crucial in checking we are safe along the route, driving our equipment between the various challenges and helping pitch our tents, which we will be camping in overnight. We are hoping to get someone else to join Steve, so if anyone is available on the last week of June we would love to hear from them.”

Darren Grant, from York said “We want to raise as much as possible for Candlelighters because they are an amazing charity and the work they do with both the children and their families really does make a difference whether a full recovery is made or not. Having had a friend and a family member treated on the ward in Leeds it make our fundraising that extra bit special and makes us more determined to continue supporting Candlelighters now and in the future; plans for Tri Challenge 2019 have already being discussed”

Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser at Candlelighters said “Candlelighters do not receive any government funding, so all of the care and support we provide comes from the money people like Darren, Shaun and Steve raise. Their support will make a huge difference to children and their families across Yorkshire and we are extremely grateful to them all for their support.

If you would like to support Darren and Shaun there are a number of ways you can get involved. You can sponsor their challenge online at www.trichallenge.uk or text Noni93 £10 to 70070 to donate.

Alternatively if you or your company wish to sponsor their challenge, they are looking for a vehicle and fuel to Scotland, they would love to hear from anyone who may be willing to help them raise as much as they can.

We want to wish the pair the best of luck and can’t wait to see the photos afterwards!


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