Raising funds in James’ memory on charity trek

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A group of Scarborough men have completed the 42-mile Lyke Wake Walk in memory of a friend who died of bowel cancer.

The fundraiser was organised by Ben Chico to raise money and awareness following the death of James Smither, who was just 33.

Ben said: “James was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January and sadly lost his short but fierce battle on 16 March. A kind, friendly and funny person was taken away far too early.

“In honour of James, an unsightly group of unfit individuals will tackle the Lyke Wake Walk, a 42 mile trek in one day across the North York Moors.

“We will do this whilst attempting to maintain a sense of humour.”

The ten-strong team have now completed their gruelling challenge and raised over £1,500.

The full team were Dave Yates, Tim Hyde-Sykes, Peter Walker, Simon Pick, Paul Fox, Andrew Lawson, Richard Glaves, Ben Chico, Andrew Curtis and Andy Berry

Andy Curtis, who took part in the event, said: “We all completed the very difficult crossing under wet conditions which caused a few painful injuries, including blisters, painful knees and pulled groins.

“We all have not been put off by these and plan to do the Three Peaks next year.”

He added that his original plan had been to do a double crossing, which would have been 84 miles non-stop.

However, after getting a bad blister due to the wet weather conditions, he just did the route one way.

All the money raised will go towards Beating Bowel Cancer in memory of James, as the charity played a big part in supporting him during his illness.

You can still donate at www.justgiving.com/BeatingBowelCancerforJames