DETERMINED fundraiser Rosie Allison was today reflecting on the hardest challenge she has ever tackled – climbing three mountains in less than a day.
Hartlepool woman Rosie, who did it in memory of her granddad Derek Allison, a former Hartlepool councillor, admitted: “It was the hardest but most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life.”
The 21-year-old climbed Britain’s three highest peaks of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell on Saturday, July 14, and finished the epic challenge in 20 hours and 35 minutes.
But she was not alone as she battled to the top – often in darkness. She had the full support along the way of her family including dad Stephen, mum Sandra, and brother Edward.
All of it was done in memory of Derek who passed away aged 80 in November, last year.
He had suffered from pancreatic cancer. Mr Allison died around two months after being diagnosed with the disease.
Rosie, a former Brinkburn college student who has just finished at London University, was raising money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, and taking donations at www.justgiving.com/onestompatatime.
She said: “My brother joined me for Ben Nevis, and my dad did Scafell Pike with me, then I completed Snowdon alone.
“We have raised more than £700 so far, but the donation page is still open at www.justgiving.com/onestompatatime if anyone would like to further donate.”
She thanked everyone who offered support.
To prepare for the challenge, Rosie did the Yorkshire three peaks challenge over Easter but was snowed off after completing two peaks.
But she managed to complete all three when she climbed Britain’s three highest peaks.