Scaling Scafell in memory of family friend

Matt Welsh and father Andrew Welsh after tackling Scafell Pike summit EMN-160921-132001001
Matt Welsh and father Andrew Welsh after tackling Scafell Pike summit EMN-160921-132001001

A man from Ruskington, his father and family friend scaled England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, raising more than £1,100 for charity.

Matt Welsh, 19, Andrew Welsh, 59, and Paula Bowcock, 53, did the challenge in memory of Paula’s late husband, Phil, who died in 2015.

Paula Bowcock pictured whilst scaling Scafell Pike in memory of her husband Phil EMN-160921-132424001

Paula Bowcock pictured whilst scaling Scafell Pike in memory of her husband Phil EMN-160921-132424001

The heavens opened in the run-up to the walk, but this did not put anyone off, with the group determined to complete their challenge.

Thankfully, the weather had improved for the big day. “The weather was great,” said Paula, who enjoyed brilliant sunshine on the way down.

Matt said: “We had a lot of rain the night before but the walk itself was dry and the weather was perfect.”

Matt and Paula both surpassed their targets, raising more than £1,100 for Marie Curie, a cancer charity.

Amazing views from Scafell Pike EMN-160921-132813001

Amazing views from Scafell Pike EMN-160921-132813001

Paula said: “I am very pleased despite the fact my calf muscles have been aching ever since.”

The walk took about five hours to complete, and afterwards Matt told the Standard he felt ‘extremely proud’ of his achievement.