Peak challenge for RNLI men

Ben McGarry and Matt Daniels fund raising with the ILB in Lytham Square. The duo are walking up and down Mount Snowdon to raise �1,000 for charity
Ben McGarry and Matt Daniels fund raising with the ILB in Lytham Square. The duo are walking up and down Mount Snowdon to raise �1,000 for charity
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The youngest members of Lytham St Annes RNLI crew are to embark on a charity challenge – wearing some very eye-catching clothing.

Ben McGarry and Matt Daniels, both aged 20, will take on the challenge of climbing one of Britain’s highest peaks, Mount Snowdon in Wales, wearing their foul-weather gear of a waterproof jacket, salopettes, wellington boots and lifejacket on June 29.

The duo are looking to raise £1,000 for the RNLI, as Ben explained: “It will be a really tough test of endurance. The suits we’ll be wearing are designed to keep water out and keep us very warm when out on rescues and exercise, just in case we go overboard. If we get warm weather it could be extremely uncomfortable.

“It is also quite heavy and difficult to move in. The life jacket weighs around 4kg so you get an idea of the difficulty we have.

“To add to that, we’ll be walking up and down the mountain in wellies, for around six to eight hours, which could take a toll itself.”

The total distance up Snowdon and back down again is nine miles and the crewmen will have to ascend close to 1,000m.

Fellow crewman Gary Tiller will be there as back up, carrying water, first aid kit and communications for the pair.

Ben, who has been part of the crew for two-and-a-half years, said the inspiration for the walk came about because the pair wanted to attempt something unusual for the life-saving charity.

He added: “I do not think its something that has ever been done before by anyone.

“Me and Matt are the youngest in the crew and felt it would be something good to do. We plan to do a few test runs in the Lakes before we start the walk.”

To donate to the pair, visit their website, www.justgiving.com/RNLIsnowdon-challenge.

There will also be collection boxes inside the RNLI shops in Lytham and St Annes.