Charity hikers boost Frew's cancer appeal

Dozens of journalists have signed up for a mountainous charity event, when they will tackle The George Frew Memorial Three Peaks Challenge.

The event is being held in honour of former Western Daily Press features editor and UK feature writer of the year, who lost his battle with lung cancer last July. Cash raised will be split between Cancer Research and the Newspaper Press Fund.

Among those already committed are staff from the Bristol-based Daily Press, its sister papers the Bristol Evening Post and Bristol Observer, and the Oxford Mail, where George previously worked.

Organiser Steve White, who worked alongside George at the Western Daily Press, says more teams are still needed. “Teams have made enquiries from all over the place,” he said. “But after a flurry of interest things have gone a bit quiet and I need more volunteers to come forward.

“I have had firm commitments from about a dozen four-strong teams, made up of journalists and friends from areas as far apart as Leeds, Derby, Coventry and South Wales.

“I still haven’t heard anything from George’s native Scotland, which is a great pity. Maybe the Scots aren’t up to a little mountain walking in aid of two very good causes.

“I have organised food and accommodation for 100 people at the end of the trek, and hope to get 20 teams, each made up of three walkers and a driver, to take part.”

Steve is also seeking additional sponsors for the event, which he says will cost £3,000. BT has already pledged £750 towards the event.

He said: “This will cover the food and accommodation and the cost of hiring expert mountain-walk leaders, who will oversee the event from start to finish.”

The event will see the band of volunteers climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon one after the other, covering 26 miles of walking over difficult terrain, and some 500 miles of driving.

The walk is planned for the weekend of June 26 and 27, and should finish at about lunchtime on the second day.

There will be a party at Snowdon to mark the end of the challenge, when certificates will be handed out to everyone who took part.

If you are interested in taking part, or sponsoring the event, you can contact Steve on 0117 934 3259 or by email at s.white@bepp.co.uk.

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