A DEDICATED dad and his son are taking on Britain’s highest mountain to raise money for a special school – and they will be joined by their dogged companion Gypsy.
Kevin Powell, 36, and his 10-year-old son Bailey are just weeks away from climbing 4,409ft Ben Nevis, in Scotland.
The motivated pair are taking on the marathon effort to raise money for Springwell School, in Hartlepool.
Bailey, who suffers from the genetic disorder ADHD and epilepsy is a pupil at the school, in Wiltshire Way. And to make it a real family affair they are taking their three-year-old dog, Gypsy, up the mountain with them.
Kevin, who is a full-time carer for his son, organised the event because he wanted to put a smile on the faces of the “fantastic” children at the school.
They are taking part in the strenuous feat to raise cash for a new sensory room in the school. They will be joined by Anthony Young, from Hartlepool Families First, and a group of pals.
“We are all ready and really looking forward to it now,” said Kevin, who lives in the King Oswy area of Hartlepool.
“I have never really done any thing for charity like this before. But I am in Springwell School every day when I take Bailey and pick him back up again and I wanted to show my support.
“The day-to-day life of the kids is hard enough, so I just want to be able to put a smile on their faces and help out the school.”
Despite having no previous mountain climbing experience, Kevin said he does not think it will be a problem reaching the peak.
He added: “I do about three miles walking every day when I take the dog out and we are always walking up and down the beach.
“Bailey can’t wait either. He’s a brilliant kid and he just wants to help the school.”
Kevin’s challenging walk is not the only way he is raising money for the school.
Throughout his life he has dreamed of building up a car and only recently bought himself a 1980 Ford Escort Mark Two.
But he said the school comes first so he is putting the car up for auction on ebay.
He added: “I would rather see the kids smile. If I can raise about £1,500 with the car and the walk that would be great.
“I am also going to hold a charity night later this year.”
Karl Telfer, headteacher at Springwell School, said the money raised from the climb will help towards a new sensory room in the school.
He said: “The room will cost us about £8,000 so any money raised will be a great help.
“It’s a fantastic gesture and everyone at the school is extremely grateful.”