Friends take on Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Daniel

In May, a determined team of fundraisers undertook a remarkable physical challenge in memory of their beloved Daniel, who tragically died by suicide in 2020.

The team of Daniel’s friends were Jodie, Darren, Baz, Deryn, Paul, Ste, Bunny, Marvin, Kieran, Jonny, and driver Lawrence.

This group aimed to raise both awareness and funds for suicide prevention by completing the gruelling “Three Peaks Challenge”.

This involved climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales within a 24 hour period. Their journey began on Saturday, 25 May, at 5pm, starting with Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland.

After enduring a demanding four-hour hike, they then embarked on a six-hour drive to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The final leg of their challenge took them to Snowdon in Wales.

In total, they covered 27 miles on foot with a cumulative ascent of 9,800 feet. The group completed this remarkable challenge in 23 hours.

At the finishing point, sister of Daniel, Deryn Basnett said, “We lost Daniel to suicide in 2020, Losing someone to suicide is so complex. There are a stream of questions: why, how, when, where, what If?

“The most frequent question that comes to me is ‘What could I have done to prevent this?’ As a family we have come together since his death and learned things we wish we knew when Daniel was still here.

“One of the biggest things we have taken away from his death is that we all have a part to play in preventing suicide. Raising money for a charity so close to our hearts in his memory will ensure that other siblings, dads, mums, grandparents, uncles, cousins, and friends won’t have to endure what our family has.”

The team at The Martin Gallier Project HQ in New Ferry

The motivation behind this strenuous challenge was to raise funds for The Martin Gallier Project. This unique organisation is the only suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention charity in the North West of England.

It provides critical support to individuals in suicidal crisis and offers a compassionate space for those bereaved by suicide to find understanding and support.

The charity also extends its support to the loved ones of those in crisis through training and peer support initiatives.

Funding one life-saving suicide intervention at The Martin Gallier Project costs £80. The team’s goal was to raise £1,120, enough to fund interventions that could save 14 lives, equivalent to one life saved per team member.

Impressively, they nearly tripled their initial target, raising over £3,000. This substantial amount will enable the charity to continue its vital work and potentially save many more lives in Daniel’s name.

If you wish to donate to the group’s amazing challenge then you still can via their JustGiving page which remains open for the next month.

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