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

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 May 2017

James Drury

James Drury

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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.

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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.”

To support James’ challenge go to http://bit.ly/2qqNWgT.

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