Dreams Come True

Hike To Hope – Trekking 87 Summits in the British Isles

We love hearing about fundraising events that think outside of the box, and present a real challenge to the individual. Intrepid Mountain Leader Darren Lewis is a prime example - Darren is attempting to summit a staggering 87 peaks across the British Isles, an incredible feat!

Darren is fundraising for Dreams Come True: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/hiketohope

We asked him to tell us more about his unusual Hike To Hope challenge:

Where exactly will you be going?

I will begin my trek from Pen-y-Fan in Wales up through Snowdonia and onto Holyhead, where I will get a ferry to Dublin to complete the Irish mountains on the list. From here I will return to England, stopping on the Isle of Man, before making my way through the Lake District. I will then follow the Pennine Way North into Scotland, working my way to the North coast and finishing my trek with the ascent of Ben Hope.

Why did you choose Dreams Come True?

When I started thinking about and planning this trek I decided that I didn't just want to do it for the sake of doing it, but that I wanted to use it as a way of helping others to achieve something big in their own life. So I started looking at charities online and, after reading the Dreams Come True website, I decided that this charity reflected what I wanted my donations to go towards - helping people achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small.

What training is involved?

I have mostly been focusing on training in the gym, or walking with a weighted bag on. When it has been possible, I've done a couple of mini breaks to the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia to help my body develop the type of fitness needed on the mountains.

What is your motivation?

I originally planned to spend some time working towards my Mountain Leader qualification, but this soon transformed into my current plan. I have spent time on expeditions/treks before, and have always wanted to do a long distance trek, partly to see if I could manage it. I think like most people I was looking at where I could go to do this, not really thinking about the U.K. As I started thinking more about exploring the British mountains, these two ideas came together and the plan to trek around the British Isles was formed, and then as the plan for it developed, the idea to do it for charity was born.

Hannah Attenburrow
Date: 01/03/2016
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
Source: Dreams Come true


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