UK Grandfather to raise charity funds via Iceland trek

Iceland_mountain38A British man is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity via trekking the Icelandic wilderness with his grandchildren next summer.

Jim Beachill of Conisborough, South Yorkshire, told reporters that he can’t wait to spend time with his two grandkids in the North Atlantic nation on their latest charity adventure. The trio, consisting of Jim, 68, Jack, 18, and Elisha, 13, plan to cross the island from one end to the other.

The three travellers hope the journey – which Beachill says will allow him to tick off another item from his ‘bucket list’ – will raise GBP 10,000 (EUR 12,295) for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. They have raised substantial funds for the group via previous adventures; in 2010, their 100-mile walk on the Great Wall of China brought in a whopping GBP 20,000 (EUR 24,590).

Beachill told the media, “It’s a great place to see and a trek from one side to the other will be a big challenge. We are very excited at the prospect of seeing glaciers such as Virkisjökull and the Snæfellsjokull volcano,” the Thorne and District Gazette reports.

He went on to explain his inspiration for the event: “My wife (Barbara) was diagnosed with cancer some 15 years ago and spent some weeks in Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield under their treatment and care. The treatment was successful and she was given the all clear. Thank you for saving someone’s life is never enough and so we decided to use the bucket list challenges to help the hospital.”

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