Neil ready to fulfil challenge ambition

Cramlington's Renolit employees taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge, from left,  Harry Dunn, Kerry Stevens, Dawn Harris, Mark Collins with Neil Douglass. 1807132110
Cramlington's Renolit employees taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge, from left, Harry Dunn, Kerry Stevens, Dawn Harris, Mark Collins with Neil Douglass. 1807132110

A cancer sufferer will be joined by a group of workers and fellow employees this weekend in a Three Peaks challenge.

Neil Douglass and fellow workers and former employees from Renolit Cramlington will be climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales in just 24 hours.

The challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales (Snowdon) over a period of 24 hours.

Neil will be joined by Kerry Stevens, Dawn Harris, Mark Collins, Anthony Townshend, Chris Kennedy, Harry Dunn and Matthew Bates for the challenge.

They are aiming to raise £2,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

They will embark on a total of 27 miles walking, a 10,000 ft climb and a 450-mile drive, and it is all a follow up to their 2011 Coast 2 Coast cycle challenge, which raised almost £2,400.

Neil, who was diagnosed with blood cancer in October 2010, said: “We are massively looking forward to it, it’s something that has been in the planning for months now.

“I think the hardest thing will be coping with the lack of sleep.

“We can try and sleep in the mini bus, but how easy that will be when the adrenalin is pumping and we are against the clock, I don’t know.”

When Neil was diagnosed he was told his life expectancy was three years, but thanks to the medication he is able to carry out an ambition.

“It’s something I have thought about doing for around ten years, and this would have been my last year, so it is fitting that I am able to do it.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the team can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/renolit3peaks