Friends to pull pal up mountain for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2012

Gary Higginns and friends who will be pulling Richard Cooke up Mt Snowdon for Charity

Gary Higginns and friends who will be pulling Richard Cooke up Mt Snowdon for Charity


A GROUP of school friends will pull their wheelchair-bound pal up Mount Snowdon in an unusual and arduous charity fundraising bid.

Richard Cooke will be pulled up the mountain, the United Kingdom’s third-highest peak, in a customised wheelchair by 11 friends in an attempt to raise £3,500 for The Back Up trust, which helps people deal with spinal cord injuries.

Mr Cooke, a former roofer, has been wheelchair-bound since he fell through a corrugated roof while working, snapping his spine and leaving him without feeling from the waist down.

His friends, many of whom have also played for Weston’s Hornets Rugby Club, decided to pull the 30-year-old up the mountain on July 7 after seeing the good work the charity did with Mr Cooke.

Friend Gary Higgins, aged 31, of Cheddar Road, Axbridge, said: “We’re raising the money for someone else to work with The Back Up Trust after seeing how much of a difference it made with Rich.

“We’ve been going up Crooks Peak and Black Down in the Mendips two or three times a week, but Sunday was our first attempt at going up with Rich as the wheelchair modifications weren’t ready before.

“When we finally do Snowdon it will be quite hard because we’ve never done it in rough terrain so it’s going to be quite an eye-opener.”

He said they had been sponsored by several national firms, such as Scruffs, Subway, Bookers and Greggs, but still needed some items before they set off.

He added: “We’ve all spent a lot of money, especially on customising the wheelchair, and it would be great if someone was able to help us with tents, stoves and torches as we are a little short in some areas still.”

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