TWO Wigan friends will climb Britain’s highest mountain to raise money for a children’s ward.
Best pals Dave Hopper, 40, and Paul Kolyniewiecz, 38, from Orrell will climb 4,500ft up the more dangerous South Route of Ben Nevis to raise vital funds for Wigan Infirmary’s Rainbow Ward.
The climb was inspired by their mutual friend Lee Roby whose three-year-old daughter, Harley Jay was saved by doctors on the ward after succumbing to meningitis.
Dave said: “It’s the least we can do. Wigan Infirmary is a very special place and they literally saved Hayley Jay’s life through their very prompt actions.”
The climb will coincide with a VIP charity ball being organised by Lee and his wife Hannah at Holland Hall Hotel.
Dave and Paul will carry a banner on behalf of little Harley Jay and the Rainbow Ward which they plan to unfurl when they reach the summit.
They are also hoping to make a mobile phone call directly to guests at the dinner to let them know how much money their climbing adventure has raised.
Businessman Lee Roby, managing director of Appley Bridge based company Lansafe Communications, said: “They are leaving for Scotland on Friday and we just want to see them back safe and sound.
“We are all trying to raise awareness for the wonderful staff at Wigan Infirmary and the work they do day in and day out.
“I couldn’t believe it when Dave and Paul said they were going to climb Ben Nevis.
“I will be waiting for the call during the gala dinner”.
The two men have been training intensely for the climb and have already successfully scaled Snowdonia, Helvellyn and the Three Peaks, Yorkshire.
They are closely monitoring weather conditions in Scotland and are in regular contact with local mountaineering groups and the local authorities.
Anyone wishing to support the campaign, which has a target of £5,000, should go online and visit the page, www.justgiving.com/harleyrainbow or contact Lee on 08444 123600.