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Ain’t no mountain high enough

Tim Inness to hike Pen y Fan to raise funds for the CHECT

Tim Inness
Vision Express store manager, Tim Inness, will hike 24km over the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, to raise funds for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) next month.

The mountain challenge, which is also known as the ‘Fan Dance,’ is used for SAS selection and Mr Inness plans to complete it in under six hours.

Prior to the hike, Mr Inness will take on the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge this Friday (25 May) as a warm up to the fundraising challenge.

The 33-year-old aims to walk the 26 miles across Whernside, Inhleborough and Pen-y-ghent with a 15kg rucksack on his back, completing the Three Peak Challenge in under 12 hours.

Mr Inness, who works at the Stockton-on-Tees branch of the multiple, said: “I didn’t know about the CHECT before I starting working at Vision Express. The partnership is so important because the two organisations working together helps raise more awareness. This is vital as CHECT isn’t government funded and relies on donations.”

The store manager explained that he chose the ‘Fan Dance’ in order to “really push my limits and test myself.”

The CHECT aims to support people affected by retinoblastoma. The charity has worked with Vision Express for over eight years, with the multiple fundraising for the charity, as well as working to increase awareness of the sight-threatening condition.

Chief executive of the CHECT, Patrick Tonks, said: “We are so grateful for the work Vision Express has done to raise awareness and invaluable funds for the charity throughout our eight-year partnership and a massive thank you to Tim for going out of his way to fundraise for us. We really wouldn’t be able to help so many children and families without the support of people like Tim.”

To support Mr Inness’ fundraising, visit his JustGiving page.