Firefighters complete daring 24-hour challenge

Sam Unit, Jason Dicks, Josh Bishop at Ben Nevis
Sam Unit, Jason Dicks, Josh Bishop at Ben Nevis

Three retained Daventry firefighters conquered the Three Peak Challenge with 28 minutes to spare, raising more than £1,800 for charity.

Sam Unit, 24, Jason Dicks, 24, and Josh Bishop, 23, decided to take on the challenge – which sees participants scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours – to raise money for the Help Ben Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £30,000 to allow Ben Talbot, the son of a Rushden fire station watch manager, receive specialist medical treatment in America.

All three men work locally, with Sam a self employed builder and landscaper, Jason working at G4S and Josh working for a local hydraulics manufacturer.

The intrepid climbers set off from Fort William in the pouring rain at noon on Saturday, August 16.

They were driven from peak to peak by Sam’s father Sean Unit, his brother Tom Unit and Vaughn Holtom. Sean who has run a local cleaning business for 53 years said: “The weather was atrocious.

“They faced very strong winds and pouring rain. It was a nightmare.”

Even during the climb the team did not stop fund-raising, with another group also doing the challenge handing over some cash.

The challengers completed Scotland’s Ben Nevis in five hours, before moving onto Scafell Pike in Cumbria, where they faced a terrifying three-and-a-half hour hike in the dark. Despite getting lost,the climbers returned by 4.15 am, arriving at Snowdon in Wales for 8.15am to complete their final ascent.

Mr Unit said: “They’ve been training for this since Christmas, they are over the moon they managed to do it.”

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