Monday, 19 December 2011

Conquering Ben Nevis to raise money for charity

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Lynn Henshaw, Manager of Manchester House and Tom Sheehy, Regional Director for the North have raised over £2,300 for Kidney Research UK by taking part in a sponsored walk up Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The event which was organised by Kidney Research UK had a team of sixteen professional climbers to support everyone who was taking part. Lynn and Tom successfully reached the top within nine hours, this was mainly due to bad weather but they were overjoyed when they had accomplished the challenge. Lynn Henshaw said:

“I wanted to walk up Ben Nevis and raise money for Kidney Research as my husband had a kidney removed seven years ago due to cancer and then earlier this year we found out he had another tumour on his remaining kidney. He had an operation to have the tumour removed in September and thankfully the operation went well. I wanted to raise money for them as they still need to conduct more research to help save lives; this was my way of saying thank you.”

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Lynn started her training in August this year, using a cross-trainer and joined Slimming World, resulting in her losing a stone in weight. After finding out that Lynn’s husband’s operation was in September, Tom Sheehy Northern Regional Director of Smiths News Depots decided to join Lynn and do the Ben Nevis walk with her to support her on such a tough challenge.

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“We started the ascent at 7am. The walk up Ben Nevis was tough; the weather didn’t help at all, as there was 40 mile an hour winds and rain. You could not see anything from about a quarter of the way up as the clouds and mist was so low, the views I believe are amazing! It was an incredible challenge for us and I’m very proud to say we have climbed the highest mountain in Britain, all 4460ft! I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who sponsored us” said Lynn.

Carol Bonham, North West Fundraising Manager for Kidney Research UK, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Lynn and Tom for all the effort they’ve put in to training for this event, not to mention raising such a fantastic amount of money for the Charity.” To donate money or to contact Kidney Research UK visit


  1. Congratulations Tom and Lynn. Wonderful achievement, even if it was Menzies patch!

  2. Congratulations Tom and Lynn. It's a shame the clouds didn't lift to reward you with a marvellous view at the top.