Search

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

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 May 2017

James Drury

James Drury

Archant

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 NatzylArthur 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.”

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

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 20:35

Police investigating the stabbing in outside Lidl in Romford town centre earlier today (Tuesday, November 20) have confirmed the victim is in a stable condition in hospital.

Yesterday, 17:51

A teenager was taken to hospital after he was stabbed in the Lidl car park in Romford this afternoon.

Lots of police are in the town centre and a man has been rushed to hospital following a stabbing outside Lidl.

Yesterday, 15:50

London’s Air Ambulance reportedly landed in Upminster Park this afternoon after a man suffered a medical emergency in the town centre.

Yesterday, 15:31

In support of a three-year-old with cancer, the Havering Asian Society held a special event celebrating the festival of lights which raised funds for her Leukaemia appeal.

Yesterday, 13:47

Havering Council has set up a hotline to reassure worried residents after financial problems at one of the UK’s largest home care providers raised concerns that services might be disrupted from as early as December 1.

Yesterday, 13:00

Romford’s Raphael Park is set to undergo improvements after parkrun organisers secured nearly £3,000 worth of funding to install rubber matting around the bandstand at the park.

Yesterday, 11:00

A Chadwell Heath care home has been ranked as “good” in all areas.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now