Andy’s high peak kike for the BHF

A Somercotes man has hiked 60 miles over rough terrain and high peaks to raise more than £500 for the British Heart Foundation in honour of his grandmother.

Andy Brace, 34, started his four-day hiking and camping challenge along the Pennine Way on Monday, July 1, and covered 62.8 miles in total.

His grandmother, Toya Kee from Blackpool, sadly passed away in November 2011, aged 83, from an inoperable aneurysm in her heart.

Andy said: “I wanted to do something really challenging in support of the BHF because of the brilliant work they do, including research, funding heart nurses, professors and life-saving equipment in the community.”

However, the hike with pal Thomas Gazzard was far from plain sailing: Thomas fell and hurt his knee on the third day, forcing him to pull out of the hike.

And on finishing the hike, Andy had to sleep overnight at Skipton train station when he missed the last train.

Andy said: “Getting to the end was emotional because I knew I’d done it which was a very proud moment.

“We have raised so far I think just over £500 but I’m hoping for a lot more.

“I’m also planning another hike for the BHF next year. I will be hiking across the rest of the Pennine Way covering 208 miles roughly in two weeks.

“The BHF is a very worthy cause. The work they do saves lives after all.

“Thomas himself has a heart problem and would not be with us if it was not for the work they do.”

Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising volunteer manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to Andy for choosing to support the BHF as we really do rely on fundraising events just like this to continue with our work.”

To sponsor Andy please visit virginmoneygiving.com/hike4heart, or telephone 07803 165608 or you can email andy-brace27@hotmail.co.uk.