Family to take on Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Nat Bailey - The Evesham Observer

Family to take on Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Nat Bailey

Evesham Editorial 5th Aug, 2017 Updated: 5th Aug, 2017   0

AN EVESHAM family are preparing to scale the heights of three of the country’s highest mountains in memory of a Vale teenager.

A team of 20 members of the Bailey family and close friends are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Nat Bailey, who died in a car accident in December.

Since the 19-year-old’s tragic passing, his loving family have tackled a number of challenges to raise money for charities close to their hearts

A staggering £3,000 has already been raised for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and now the family are turning their attention to the Three Peaks.

The group will begin the challenge at Ben Nevis, in Scotland today continuing to Scafell Pike in the Lake District tomorrow and finishing at Snowdon in Wales on Sunday.

Fund-raisers hope to collect £10,000 for their chosen charities and help St Richard’s Hospice continue the bereavement counselling offered to the family following Nat’s death.

Mrs Bailey said: “Counselling was not available on the NHS, but it is offered by St Richard’s and is essential to help rebuild our changed lives.

“My husband Bob and our children are walking for this reason.”

Mrs Bailey accesses bereavement counselling through Bereavement Support South Worcestershire which is run by St Richard’s Hospice.

“Doing the challenge will benefit our bereavement process because we are doing something positive for an organisation that is really helping us and also the local community,” she said.

“The bereavement support has been wonderful. St Richard’s is very close to our hearts because my mum Edna used the hospice and my mother in law Lila too.”

The loving mum said Nat would once again inspire the family to scale the heights for a good cause.

“A leg of our ‘centipede’ has gone and since then, we as a family, have been determined to celebrate and remember Nat’s life by living ours to the fullest and putting our energy into good causes in his memory,” she added.

Friends of the family have also been raising money for the hospice too – including Sarah Shephard, who has already completed the Three Peaks Challenge with her boyfriend Edd Boers, their friends and family.

“The challenge was most definitely that – a challenge! The tiredness and stiffness were the hardest parts, but the challenge was increased by the fact the rain didn’t stop for the whole weekend,” she added.

Visit to make a donation to the Bailey’s fund-raising efforts.


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