Mountain climbing for families

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava
Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava

FUNDRAISING dad Ian Richardson is all set to lead a charity climb – with mums, dads and children invited along.

The 39-year-old is tackling an astonishing list of challenges this year but one of the most popular is a mini-mountain challenge for all the family.

On July 22, he and other adults will be joined by dozens of children as they climb up Roseberry Topping in an event called the Little Yomp.

A similar event last year saw 200 people turn out.

His efforts are all to raise money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund, set up in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, who died in a car accident in August 2010.

Also on the way is the Big Yomp which will see Ian and fellow adventurers climbing three peaks in Yorkshire, covering 24 miles in distance. That will happen next month.

But first comes the Little Yomp, and Ian said: “It is turning into one of the best supported events that we have. I am hoping lots of people will turn up.

“It’s good for the parents as well as the kids because they don’t often get a chance to do something like this.”

Ian, who runs a marketing and communications firm on Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool, and who won an Award For Inspiration in the Mail’s first Pride of Hartlepool Awards, is also just days away from achieving another historic milestone.

He is one of the 8,000 Olympic torch relay runners and the honour will come on Sunday, June 17.

Ian will run his leg in Bishop Auckland although he has yet to learn the exact details.

He said: “I am itching to know more about it.”

Ian was nominated to carry the Olympic Flame with Lloyds TSB by his friend Julie Liddell, from Hartlepool. She told how Ian had been “a true inspiration showing courage in tragedy.”

People wanting to support the memorial fund can visit where they can also register to receive application packs for the Little Yomp.