James from Upminster aims to reach three peaks in honour of grandad

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 May 2017

James Drury

James Drury


An admin assistant will be swapping the cityscape for the mountainscape this summer when he bids to climb three peaks in 24 hours in memory of his grandad.

Arthur Natzyl Arthur Natzyl

James Drury, from Upminster, will climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden between August 5 and 6 to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and to mark the year his grandad, Arthur Natzyl, would have turned 90. “He passed away in 1999, when I was 10, he sadly suffered a stroke and was put on life support,” said the 28-year-old.

“He taught me how to swim and get over my fear of water, he took me to the swimming pool for a few mornings each year and he was always patient with me, he was quite a big influence on me.

“I wanted to do something a bit more this year because he would have been 90 and a couple of friends wanted to do something for charity as well.

James has experience of climbing mountains in Europe and is well aware of the dangers you can face – especially in bad weather conditions.

“We hope to finish on the Sunday as long as the weather is okay because it can be dangerous climbing a mountain.

“I’ve climbed a couple of mountains in Germany that were higher than Ben Nevis, they had spectacular views but on one we had fork lightning so that was a bit different.

So far James has raised £400 for the BHF and is now hoping to double that number.

“It’s the first time I have actually hit my target before doing the actual event and the more money I raise for the heart foundation the better.”

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