Whitstable family taking on 3 Peaks Challenge for HOLG

A father of-three whose wife died from cancer almost a decade ago, is taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge with two of their children.

Julien Lawton, 51, is climbing Ben Nevis on Wednesday 7th July, Scafell Pike the next day and then Snowdon on the Friday.

He’s taking on the challenge with Harrison, 16 and Amelia, 14, with Gracie, 11, staying at home to keep an eye on everything with Nan.

The Whitstable family had been hoping to raise £1,000 for us, but was already over the £2,000 mark before they set off.
We’ve helped them since 38-year-old Sara’s death in July 2012.

Kent Police officer Julien is looking forward to the challenge and said: “We’re all really excited to be taking on the 3 Peaks as a family.
“Gracie is too young to come, but she is still very much involved at home with her nan, keeping tabs on us all!
“Holding On Letting Go came into our lives a couple of years after Sara died, and really did make such a difference after the older two attended a bereavement support weekend, which Gracie has since been on too.
“They still have the memory boxes they made in their bedrooms, and I just remember how much fun they had on the weekend, which I hadn’t expected but was wonderful to see.
“It is a charity that supports us still and we want to do something to help them, especially after the year we’ve had – their fundraising hasn’t been able to go ahead as they’d have liked!”

Julien has taken on the challenge before – five years ago with some work colleagues.

St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, pupils Amelia and Harrison are new to the challenge but have packed essential items – phones for taking pictures at the top and new shoes!

Read Julien’s story here.

Their fundraising page is here.