Hardest Climb, Tallest Peak, Largest Lake – Caretaker Andy enters The Lord Bilston Big Challenge

Our fundraising hero Andy is at it again! School caretaker Andrew Tiernan is training for his most grueling challenge yet in order to raise essential funds for Compton Care as part of the Lord Bilston Big Challenge.

This event is the fifth event of the bi-yearly challenges which started in 2014 in memory of Lord Bilston Dennis Turner.

This year’s challenge is considered to be the toughest to date. The team aim to add to their current fundraising total of £121,000.

At 4am on Saturday 22nd July the team will cycle the 20 or so miles up Wrynose Pass and then tackle the hardest cycle climb in the UK: the Hardknott Pass. The group will then leave the bikes and proceed to ascend Scafel Pike, which is England’s tallest peak. Following the 12 mile hike the team will paddleboard 11 miles of the largest natural lake in England, Lake Windermere.

Andy will get some much-needed rest in a YHA hostel before he starts day 2: a demanding 150 mile cycle back from the banks of Lake Windermere all the way to Wolverhampton.

The group are raising money for Compton Care, a charity working with patients who have complex and incurable illness. Their aims are to inspire, support and encourage patients to take charge of their lives – “because being alive isn’t the same as feeling alive”.

We would like to wish Andy, and the rest of the inspirational team, the very best of luck for this toughest of challenges.

If you would like to support Andy please visit his Just Giving page.