Steve to scale three peaks for Alzheimer’s charity

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He went teetotal for a whole year in the name of charity, but now a Morley fundraiser is preparing for an altogether different - and probably more difficult - challenge.

Steve Gaughan ditched the booze for 2014 as he raised money for the children’s charity Dreams Come True, but is now having to physically prepare himself to take on the Three Peaks Challenge this summer.

Steve, 36, will scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scaffell Pike in Cumbria and Mount Snowdon in Wales in quick succession on July 27. Over the course of 24 hours, he will tackle more than 3km (1.9 miles) of steep uphill climbing.

A number of workers from Steve’s company, BAM Construction, are scaling each mountain for the Alzheimer’s Society as their chosen charity this year. The money raised will go towards help and support for dementia sufferers and their families.

Steve said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve joined a gym so gradually step by step I’m building up my fitness. Once I get a bit of training under my belt I’ll be happier.

“We start off at Fort William and begin climbing Ben Nevis at 6am. Then when we get back down we’ve got a 10 hour drive down south, which will be a nightmare because that’s when your muscles seize up. Luckily I think we’ve got someone doing the driving for us.”

Steve will be joined on the climbs by his work mate Andrew Leonard, from Otley.

Reflecting on his re-acquaintance with alcohol since the turn of the year Steve added: “It’s nice to be able to drink again.

“I’ve not gone too mad though, I’ve not turned into an alcoholic or anything like that!

“The first night out I had this year, I can’t really remember much from it though!”