THERE’S no mountain high enough to keep Huddersfield man Ben Yates from reaching his fundraising goal.
Ben, from Kirkheaton, climbed the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in just over 24-hours to raise money to help families affected by AIDS in South Africa.
The 23-year-old and his stepdad Ian Richardson successfully completed the challenge, despite the weather being against them.
Ben said: “We completed Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike and they were fine, but when we got to the ridge of Snowdon the bad weather came down. It was raining really heavily and we couldn’t see too much in front of us, so we had to stop for a bit.
“But we carried on because it was for a good cause and I was determined to finish it.”
Ben raised £385, much of which was donated by local businesses in Kirkheaton.
The cash will help fund his trip to Africa working with patients at a respite centre for the Hillcrest AIDS Trust.
Ben said: “My granny Olive Yates went out there during Apartheid and she did a similar sort of thing. Her stories inspired me to go there and carry on from where she left off.
“I want to help put smiles on peoples’ faces there – to give them something to look forward to and to help those who are dying die with a bit of pride.
Ben, a care worker, hopes to work in Africa for three months, but needs first to raise £3,000 for his trip.
To raise the cash, Ben plans to do more sponsored events.