Sudbury man and his dog conquer the Three Peaks Challenge

After ascending the tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales with his dog, truck driver Dick Neill said the support he received had inspired his faith in humanity. Mr Neill, of Friars Street, Sudbury, and his Jack Russell Toby completed the Three Peaks Challenge at the end of August, after reaching the summit of Ben Nevis, adding to their conquests of Snowdon and Scafell Pike in May and June, respectively. Joined by friend Dan Seager, of Bildeston, Mr Neill said he was inspired to take on the challenge, despite having no experience in climbing, after turning 50 last year.

“I thought, it was now or never,” he told the Free Press. “It was an amazing experience, just seeing what’s on our doorstep.

I’m six foot three and covered in tattoos, but, when you’re up there, you’re at the mercy of mother nature.”

Sudbury resident Dick Neill and his dog Toby ascended the Britain’s Three Peaks – Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis – to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA)…..PICTURE: Mecha Morton … (16092500)

His efforts raised around GBP900 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which he chose to support after losing his mother to cancer when he was young, while his dad died from a heart attack.

Sudbury resident Dick Neill and his dog Toby ascended the Britain’s Three Peaks – Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis – to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA)…..PICTURE: Mecha Morton … (16092502)

If you would still like to donate to the cause, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dickneill.

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