Trevor’s charity triumph

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A patient who successfully battled cancer has raised and donated more than £3,000 for The James Cook University Hospital.

Trevor Rand, 37, from Nawton near Helmsley, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2015.

A period of chemotherapy and an operation ensued and he is now cancer free and looking forward to life.

Recently married to Sarah and honeymooning in Jamaica, Trevor says: “The future is mine.”

Deciding to raise funds for the ward he was treated on, Trevor and friends, with Sarah in the support car, embarked on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Walking 24 miles in less than 12 hours, Trevor and his intrepid troupe successfully scaled the three peaks of Pen-y-Ghent (691m), Whernside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m).

Trevor Rand takes a selfie during his Three Peaks charity walk with his fellow walkers: Front row: (L – R) Steven Purvis, John Ashby, Trevor Rand Middle row: (L – R) Sophie Harrison, Garti Magar Sharwan Back row: (L – R) Dan Dixon, Callum Hutchinson, Nicola Wakefield

Trevor Rand takes a selfie during his Three Peaks charity walk with his fellow walkers:
Front row: (L – R) Steven Purvis, John Ashby, Trevor Rand
Middle row: (L – R) Sophie Harrison, Garti Magar Sharwan
Back row: (L – R) Dan Dixon, Callum Hutchinson, Nicola Wakefield

The self-employed builder and property maintenance contractor said: “The walk was brutal and relentless, definitely harder than any of us was expecting, but the weather was glorious.

“On the descent of the second hill, Whernside, our feet were about broken and the fatigue had kicked in.

“My wife Sarah met us at the start of the last hill with home-made energy food and drinks – that was a Godsend.

“Getting started to walk the last hill was a challenge. I honestly didn’t believe I would make it up to the top. But with the support of the team we made it.

“All eight of us and four dogs made it over the finish line in 11 and a half hours. What a relief!”

A jubilant Trevor Rand and friends during the Three Peaks Challenge

A jubilant Trevor Rand and friends during the Three Peaks Challenge

Trevor presented the cheque for £3,036 to the hospital and paid tribute to his fellow walkers and supporters.

He said: “I’d like to thank all the team: John Ashby, Nicola Wakefield, Callum Hutchinson ,Sophie Harrison, Danial Dixon, Steven Purvis and Garti Magar Sharwan, plus Sarah in the support car.

“We all attend the Powerburn gym in Topcliffe and would like to thank Gemma Magnusson for her part in getting us ready for the challenge.”

Trevor Rand presents the cheque after his charity Three Peaks walk.

Trevor Rand presents the cheque after his charity Three Peaks walk.

“I’d also like to thank everyone for the generous donations”, he continued.

“We had collection tins in local shops including Watkins Wright hair salon, Tesco, Inkwell arts tattoo studio, PowerPoint and JT Atkinson builders’ merchants in Thirsk, BATA petrol station and Edgemoor vets in Helmsley. We raised more than £800 from their staff and customers.

“We also received a lot of support from Station Auto services, Country Builders, Cleveland Scaffolding, Howden’s kitchens and Joinery Thirsk Dan Dixon, DD Electrical and Security and Skeldale vets Thirsk.”