Five friends from Doncaster spent their Sunday on a gruelling climb, conquering Ben Nevis and making a mountain of cash for two charities.
Chip shop owner Martin Bilby and former soldier Paul Bristow aim to raise as much as they can for war veteran Ben Parkinson’s charity Pilgrim Bandits, and for the Nichola Hughes Memorial Fund to help children who have lost a family member through violent crime.
The two pals were joined in the bid by Shaun Hayes, Paul Holmes and Mark Brierley.
Bessacarr hero Ben Parkinson and Bryn Hughes, the father of murdered policewoman Nichola, met the men at the Stag Inn to see them off on their journey.
The men started their climb at 6am and battled wet and windy, and very cold weather to complete their challenge.
Martin, 45, owner of Scawsby Fisheries, said: “It was a tough one, no doubt about it, but when it got hard we just thought of what we were doing it for, to spur us on.”
Further endurance events are planned for this summer in the hope of raising £10,000 in total for Pilgrim Bandits.
The mood was merry at the Stag Inn as regulars joined family and friends of the climbers on Saturday.
Three of the men returned home on Sunday night. But Paul Bristow and Paul Holmes cycled back, and tomorrow, Paul Bristow will attempt a 500 ft abseil, then swim a mile at Adwick Baths early next week, before a parachute jump on August 20 and a half marathon on August 24. Martin plans a man versus food challenge at his chippy.
Both Ben and Bryn thanked them for their ongoing support.
Ben has recently undergone another operation on one of his legs, but looked fit and relaxed as he smiled and joked with the fundraisers.
Mr Hughes said: “It’s great that people like this are supporting our charity. So far we’ve raised£250,000 to help stricken children. There have been a number of police efforts and we have new events planned.” such as a Lands End to John o’ Groats baton relay.”
To help amass the cash log on to the justgiving website and the link for Pilgrim Bandits then Paul Bristow or call in at The Stag in Dockin Hill Road.