Rollercoaster challenge to raise funds for the hospice

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A Scarborough teenager is set to scale a 235 ft high rollercoaster on foot to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of his grandad.

Ben Bryan, 14, who is a member of the Rollercoaster Club of Great Britain, will take on The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world when it opened in May 1994.

On April 25 he will walk the 235 ft to the very top of the ride’s lift hill, attached to the structure by a safety harness.

Ben has ridden the iconic ride many times and this led him to come up with an unusual and unique way to raise money for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

He chose to support the hospice in appreciation of the fantastic care his grandad, Peter Bryan, received prior to his death last year.

Ben has also chosen this particular challenge as a tribute to his other grandad, Harry Crossland, who loved visiting Blackpool Pleasure Beach and was still riding roller coasters when he was 80 years old!

Ben said: “I wanted to do something a little different to raise money for Saint Catherine’s Hospice, so instead of riding a roller coaster, I’m going to walk to the top of one.

He added: “I’ve been on this coaster quite a few times, but I suspect my trek to the peak this time will take a fair bit longer than usual.

“I’m hoping for good weather on the day as I believe it can get quite windy on the way up. Fortunately I will be hooked up to a safety harness, so hopefully only the nerves will be blown away and not me!”

Anyone wishing to kindly sponsor Ben can so via his JustGiving page at or via hospice website, quoting reference Ben Bryan/The Big One. George Pindar School will also be holding a casual day to add to the fund.