Cousins climb hills in memory of grandad

Amy Poole with John Foulds (s)

Amy Poole with John Foulds (s)

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Two cousins will be going up three times as they tackle a trio of peaks in memory of their grandad who was one of the Foulds Lifts empire.

Amy Poole (30) and Bradley Sumner (22) will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on August 27th to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK after their grandad John Foulds died in March.

John Foulds (s)

John Foulds (s)

The cousins decided the challenge would be the perfect way to honour their grandad, who loved walking over the hills, and they hope to complete the 24-mile course taking in Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.

John lived in Colne all his life and was an engineer at the family business, Foulds Lifts, which was founded by his own grandfather in 1907.

Amy, a food technologist, and Bradley, an assistant architect, want to take their grandad’s rucksack, walking stick, map cover and umbrella for one last walk.

They hope to raise at least £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Bradley Sumner with John Foulds (s)

Bradley Sumner with John Foulds (s)

Amy, who is originally from Colne and now lives in Manchester, said: “I’m quite nervous about the challenge, but we’ll manage as long as we’ve got lots of coffee and Kendal mint cake!

“We used to go walking with grandad when we were younger, so this seems like a fitting way to remember him.”

John, who was 78 when he died, first showed signs of dementia when he became frequently forgetful and confused.

He soon stopped being able to care for himself and couldn’t remember how to cook. He moved into a care home last year, where he could receive 24-hour care.

Amy added: “My grandad was quite eccentric and lots of fun.

“He was also a very clever and independent man. He loved seeing his grandkids and was very supportive of both me and Brad.

“Neither of us are regular walkers, so the Three Peaks Challenge is going to be very hard, but it’s worth it to celebrate grandad’s life and to raise money for such a worthy cause.

“Dementia research is so important, especially with an ageing population. There’s a lack of understanding about what dementia is truly like, but we’ve seen what it does to a person. Something needs to change.”

Go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Granddad-John to donate.