Father and son team up for outdoor challenge after being inspired by Northampton boy

Simon McGrath and his son, Thomas
Simon McGrath and his son, Thomas

A father and son are joining together to raise money in a unique four-day challenge inspired by a Northampton boy with cystic fibrosis.

Simon McGrath and 15-year-old Tom have planned back-to-back endurance events to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The pair will take on the challenges next month and are appealing for people to support their fund-raising.

Mr McGrath, who lives in Northamptonshire and is editor of Camping and Caravanning Magazine, explained the inspiration for the trip.

“My 15-year-old son Tom and I are privileged to know a fantastic, brave boy who has cystic fibrosis.

“He has an incredibly positive approach to the daily challenges he faces which has inspired Tom and I to do our own challenge to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

“We’re massive fans of the great outdoors so we’ve tailor-made our own adventure across four days in the Lake District, basing ourselves at the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Keswick site.

“Each day we will undertake a different activity that will challenge us both mentally and physically,” he added.

The duo will trek up Scafell and Scafell Pike, the latter being England’s highest mountain, cycle 50 miles on a tandem bike, do a ridgeline scramble up Striding Edge to Helvellyn and down Swirral Edge and canoe around the shoreline of Derwentwater.

“Any one of these would be difficult, but four back-to-back is going to be an epic challenge,” Mr Mcgrath added.

To support their fund-raising, visit https://www.justgiving.com/4DayAdventure/

To find out more about the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, visit http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/