Farmers prepare for Three Peaks epic

Some of the Alnwick Young Farmers who are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge are pictured in training for the fund-raiser.
Some of the Alnwick Young Farmers who are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge are pictured in training for the fund-raiser.

A hardy bunch of Alnwick Young Farmers are gearing up for a gruelling charity mission, in memory of an inspirational 25-year-old who died last year.

In May, 15 intrepid members of the group will be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge – to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours.

Stu Ridley playing the sport he loved.

Stu Ridley playing the sport he loved.

The gang are taking on the arduous feat in honour of brave farmer Stu Ridley, who lost his five-month battle with an inoperable brain tumour in July. They hope to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, as well as the Great North Air Ambulance Service, and have set a target of £2,000.

Jess Straker, secretary of Alnwick Young Farmers, said: “I think the Three Peaks will be a big challenge for all of us.

“We are active people, but this is taking our fitness to another level. It will bring us closer as a group of friends and hopefully raise a lot of money and awareness for our chosen charities.”

The group is training hard for the epic challenge to try to conquer Ben Nevis (1,344metres high), in Scotland, the Welsh mountain of Snowdon (1,085m) and England’s Scafell Pike (978m).

As part of their quest, the Young Farmers are appealing to local businesses to sponsor and help the team, whether it be through the donation of equipment, food or transport for the event. Anyone who is interested should email Jess at jessstraker@live.co.uk
Alternatively, to make a cash donation to the group, visit www.sponsorme.co.uk/jessstraker/alnwickyfc3peaks.aspx
Stu was a talented rugby player and a member of Bellingham Young Farmers. His bravery during his ordeal captured the hearts of many, including a host of celebrities.

In June, rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson visited him at the family farm near Hexham. The Stay Strong Stu campaign had raised more than £200,000 for charity at the time of his death.

Stu was honoured with a special Judges Award at the Best of Northumberland Awards in September.