A big-hearted fundraiser is giving up his summer holidays to climb, cycle, swim and run across Britain to collect cash for good causes.
Former soldier Paul Bristow has agreed to pass up his two week break for a gruelling series of challenges to help bring in funds for Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson and murdered Manchester policewoman Nicola Hughes.
And, what’s more, the telecommunications engineering rigger from Elmfield Road in Hyde Park has been so busy with work that he hasn’t even had time to train for his fortnight of fun and games.
He said: “I’ve done stuff like this before but I just get on with it and get through it. If I am struggling, I just think about the people I am raising money for and realise I have got nothing to complain about.”
The energy-sapping holiday will get underway on August 9 when Paul and several friends from his local pub, The Stag Inn on Dockin Hill Road, will set off to Scotland to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
By the time they have returned from scaling the 4,409ft peak, the group will leap aboard their bikes and cycle the 350 mile route back to Doncaster.
As if that was not enough, he will also be taking part in a 500ft abseil, taking on a gruelling swim and taking to the air for a wing-walking expedition. All of it will be rounded off with a half marathon.
Paul hopes his efforts bring in more than £3,000 for Afghanistan hero Ben’s Pilgrim Bandits charity as well as the family of Nicola Hughes, the Greater Manchester Police officer who, along with colleague Fiona Bone, was killed in a gun and grenade attack by Dale Cregan in 2012.
In previous years Paul, aged 47, has undertaken a coast-to-coast bike ride, carried out a parachute jump in a dress, and ridden from Doncaster to Scarborough. The fundraiser will come to a close with a hog roast and disco at The Stag.