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10 Sep 2020

Nick Gardner to climb all 282 Munros for osteoporosis

Over the years, Nick has developed a deep-rooted love for the Scottish mountains - being both an experienced walker and climber. His wife, Janet, was also fond of walking among wildlife and was a passionate gardener.

However, Janet's health unfortunately began to deteriorate in 2002 when she suffered several spontaneous spinal fractures due to osteoporosis. Then, in 2018, Janet was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

"Many people have described Janet as being the most gentle and compassionate person they have ever met," says Nick.

"She has been the most wonderful and caring wife, mother and grandmother possible and I am eternally grateful that I fell in love with her.

"As a family, we would do anything to make Janet better, but we can't. However, we can help others." 

 

After turning 80 years old in April, Nick wanted to do something special to help other people affected by these conditions. So, he set himself an incredible challenge of raising £10,000 for both the Royal Osteoporosis Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

To do this, he's climbing all 282 Munros in Scotland over just 1,200 days. And to date, Nick has already climbed 12 Munros.

Nick says, "Despite my grand old age, I think I have the mountaineering skills, experience and fitness to succeed!"

You can support Nick and follow his journey on his fundraising page.

 

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