March man conquers Mount Snowdon three times and raises £3,080 for Scotty's Little Soldiers in memory of army friend

Simon Whittaker of March has returned from Mount Snowdon with more than £3,000 for local charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. PHOTO: Submitted

Simon Whittaker of March has returned from Mount Snowdon with more than £3,000 for local charity Scotty's Little Soldiers. PHOTO: Submitted

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A March man has raised thousands for charity after completing his Mount Snowdon trek challenge in memory of his friend Corporal Lee Scott - who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Simon Whittaker of March has returned from Mount Snowdon with more than £3,000 for local charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. PHOTO: Submitted Simon Whittaker of March has returned from Mount Snowdon with more than £3,000 for local charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. PHOTO: Submitted

Simon Whittaker got his friends Tracie, Nigel and Melvin together and headed to the Welsh mountain with the target of climbing it six times within 24 hours.

Lee Scott, a father-of-two from King’s Lynn, was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in July 2009.

Simon and Lee served alongside each other for seven years and after his death the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers was setup.

On his return Simon had raised £3,080 for the charity.

He said: “It was very hard. We all thought it would be easier.

“There were some points you couldn’t even see two meters in front of your face.”

Before leaving, Simon said: “I served with Lee for seven years in Tidworth and Afghanistan and I’ve done lots of other things for the charity but this will be a challenge.

“We’ve been doing our training separately for about three months now due to our shift patterns.

Simon, who works at Greenvale, said Lee would have been backing them all the way.

The father-of-two added: “He would have loved the idea and been over the moon.”

For more information on Scotty’s Little Soldiers, visit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

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