Yorkshire comrades tackle National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for bereaved Armed Forces children


A group of friends, from East Yorkshire, are set to take on the gruelling National Three Peaks Challenge next month, all to raise money for a charity that provides integral support to hundreds of bereaved Armed Forces children up and down the country.

Former soldiers, Billy Robinson and Gavin Taylor both from Goole, and Martin Benifer, from Grimsby, will be setting off on the 37km walk on Thursday 8th October. Every penny they raise will be donated to Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity that supports children who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

Billy, who served for eight years in the First Battalion Coldstream Guards, knows only too well what it’s like to lose someone close. While serving in Afghanistan in 2010, he was hit by a roadside bomb which left him injured and killed one of his comrades.

He said: “I lost a close friend that day, he had young children too, so I know how hard it was for his family. I was only 20 at the time so it hit me really hard.”

The group, who have been inspired by the work of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, are determined to do what they can to raise money for children who, at such a young age, have already gone through so much.

Billy said: “We’ve raised money for charity before, and over the years, we’ve have really started to enjoy climbing mountains. We’ve climbed Snowdon, Ben Nevis, and Scafell Pike individually, but never in 24 hours. Gav and I go way back, we’ve been friends for years, and we decided that now was a good time to see if we could climb them all in the same day and raise money for a good cause in the process.

“Through my time in the military, I’d come across Scotty’s Little Soldiers. It’s such a fantastic charity, we decided we wanted to help raise as much money as we could for them.”

The guys will aim to climb three of the highest peaks in the country, Snowdon, Ben Nevis, and Scafell Pike, all in 24 hours. The boys will take it in turns to drive, to give the others some time to sleep in between.

Billy added: “It’s going to be tough, but we’re prepared and really looking forward to it.”

They have set themselves a target of raising £500 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which they are very close to achieving.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010 after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children.

The charity does lots of things to support its members, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering educational support, and delivering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants. Scotty’s also helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting the children birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the UK come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.

In recent months, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology to arrange exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as these they are not alone. They’ve also been providing a high volume of wellbeing support to families who are suffering from enhanced anxiety and other problems due to the current health crisis.

Nikki said: “This is a huge task that Billy, Gavin and Martin are undertaking, and we couldn’t be more grateful that they’ve chosen Scotty’s as their charity of choice. The last few months have been a real challenge for charities across the country, us included, which has made fundraising efforts more important than ever. The whole Scotty’s Little Soldiers team are wishing them lots of luck for their three peaks challenge, we know they’ll do great.”

To support Billy, Gavin and Martin’s fundraising visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bgm2020

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