Stump challenge the equivalent of climbing Everest

Ian Johnson at Boston Stump, the location for his next charity challenge.
Ian Johnson at Boston Stump, the location for his next charity challenge.

Heckington businessman Ian Johnson is part of a team of four who are planning between them to scale the equivalent height of Mount Everest by climbing Boston Stump 200 times.

Ian, 52, who owns Fairprice Furnishings in Heckington and also runs a stall on Sleaford market selling used furniture, is no stranger to tough challenges, having completed a 120-mile ‘Tour de France’ charity bike ride from Leeds to Harrogate last year.

That event was in memory of his mum, uncle and cousin Pam, and raised £1,000. This time the team of four are raising money for four charities - Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Action for Children, Boston Stump restoration fund and Macmillan Nurses.

Ian explained: “I have been actively involved with Breakthrough since 1999. Unfortunately my youngest sister Joanne was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer in August 2014. She has undergone surgery, endured six months of chemotherapy and, on April 7, started three weeks of radiotherapy at Lincoln County Hospital. She is 42 and married with two young girls.”

Ian will be tackling the Boston Stump challenge on August 5. He will be joined by brother-in-law Steve Slater, 55, who is a former manager of Sleaford Homebase, Steve’s daughter Kelly Slater, 28, and friend Jonathan Prue, 27. They will each climb 10,450 steps, with their combined height scaled around 29,000ft. It is anticipated the challenge will take them 12-hours-a-day over four days, from August 5 to August 8.

Steve will have a collection box on his stall at Sleaford market, or you can make a donation at his Just Giving site at www.justgiving.com/Ian-Johnson35/