A series of charity challenges to raise money in Tom’s memory

by Rachael Grealish

A THORNHILL father is set to take on a series of challenges to raise money for charity, in memory of his late son.

In Tom’s memory: Nick is set to take on a series of challenges to raise money in Tom’s memory - picture submitted

In Tom’s memory: Nick is set to take on a series of challenges to raise money in Tom’s memory – picture submitted

Nick Froggatt is set to take on two challenges in September: The Sunbeams Traverse on September 2 and 3, and the Great North Run on Sunday September 11, to raise money for Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust and the soon-to-be completed Sunbeams Music Centre near Rheged, Penrith.

The challenges are in memory of Nick’s son, Thomas, who passed away in 2015 after a long battle with a mystery degenerative brain disease.

For the Sunbeams Traverse challenge Nick and his two brothers are teaming up with the Challenge 24 group to attempt a traverse of the North Eastern Lakeland fells in 24 hours.

The Sunbeams Traverse begins with Clough Head near Threlkeld, and includes Helvellyn and Fairfield on the way out, dropping down to the top of Kirkstone Pass, before returning north via High Street to end at the new music centre.

This is a distance of about 38 miles – taking in 24 named peaks.

Nick is joining a group of footballers from St Bees Athletic, the team Thomas used to play for, to run in the Great North Run, on September 11.

The footballers taking part in the run will all be running in fancy dress.

Nick said: “Two of Tom’s big loves in life were sport and music, so taking part in sporting activities to raise money for a music charity which provides music therapy for children and adults with disabilities seems like the right thing to do in his memory.”

Sunbeams was founded by Cumbrian born harpist and singer Annie Mawson in 1992 to improve the health and well-being of people with special needs through the creative power of music.

The charity provides therapeutic Music for Life and Music for Dignity music sessions in over 40 project venues, to 1,400 disabled and disadvantaged people every month.

Their team of specialist Community Musicians deliver sessions at Care Homes, Day Centres, Special Schools, Hospices, Out-of-School Clubs and other Community Venues.

To support the runners donations can again be made via Just Giving. The page is Stitch for Titch.