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Yorkshire businessman to tackle five day, 20 Monros challenge

A Yorkshire businessman is set to climb 20 Munros in Scotland in five days from the September 21, all in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Colin Oliver, who is director of Munro House in Leeds and managing director of Futuresound Events, set the challenge a few months ago and has been training hard since.

The journey will take Colin Oliver from Ben More, Crianlarich, to Ben Nevis, taking in some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and challenging slopes, averaging four peaks per day.

This will involve walking and climbing for approximately 14 hours per day, camping overnight and starting and finishing in the dark. Two experienced hikers in John Rowland and Seb Morgan-Clare will join Colin on the journey.

Futuresound Events have held a long-standing partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice, a charity that provides care and support to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.

Based in Boston Spa, Yorkshire the charity needs to raise £3.5m per year to help cover its costs of £4.9m. They are launching a music therapy provision for young people who live with illness that also helps their siblings, with future events being planned to raise awareness.

Colin said: “Earlier this year I decided I wanted to undertake a personal challenge, increase my fitness levels and raise some money for a good cause.

“With the support of the team at Primal Gym in Leeds, I started a training program that would enable me to tackle 20 of Scotland’s highest peaks over a five-day period in September.”

Sarah Smith from Martin House said:  “We are over the moon to have Colin’s support and admire him for fundraising in such an extreme way. The money raised will be directed towards our music therapy here at Martin House, which is an essential and therapeutic part of the care that we deliver, and also something that resonates with Colin.”

The challenge will take place from the September 21 and donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/20munros5days/

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