Student raises cash in memory of his grandad

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A STUDENT will hike three mountains in memory of his grandad – in just 24 hours.

Joe Beale, 20, was today climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, after raising £3,000 for the hospice that provided care for his grandad.

The University of Portsmouth student wants to support the hospice after experiencing its charity work first hand.

He said: ‘My grandfather passed away from lung cancer – in his last couple of weeks at home the nurses from the hospice that helped him,’ he said.

‘They talked us through the final few days and provided emotional support. It was a great help – without them we would have been emotionally torn apart.’

Joe, of Sandringham Road, Fratton, will be joined by three friends in his efforts to tackle the peaks.

Luke Harrison, 27, Tom Gellett, 26 and Dan Gibson, 21, have been training hard to prepare for the challenge.

Joe said: ‘I’m grateful they’ve even considered taking part – especially as the cause hasn’t got anything to do with them.’

The group are hiking across Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – driving to each one.