CHRIS Silcox is ready for the challenge of a lifetime – trekking across Peru in memory of a former work colleague.
Andy Lister died aged 36 after suffering a heart attack and now Chris will raise money for the British Heart Foundation in his memory.
The pair worked together at Swinton Insurance in Mixenden.
The challenge has inspired Chris into a huge lifestyle change. Before, he would go out every weekend drinking with friends; now he goes to the gym four times a week.
Chris had been told he was borderline diabetic but his new-found health regime has brought his condition under control and helped him lost four stone.
The trek is nine days of tough walking. To get ready, he will climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks on July 14 with mum Leslie Drummond, also from Siddal.
Chris will turn 30 in December, and Leslie reaches her 50th, so the pair decided to mark their landmark birthdays with a challenge.
“It’s definitely something I thought I’d like to do. A week before Andy died we were talking about doing something like this.
“My family has hereditary heart disease, so I’d always planned on doing something and losing the weight but never got round to it. Two months after Andy died I was training.”
”I like to challenge myself and I don’t like to do things that are easy and it isn’t easy for a guy like me to climb up a mountain but it’s going to be rewarding, especially because it’s not for me.
Chris is holding a poker night at Siddal Cricket Club at 8.30pm on March 30. Tickets are £20.
To sponsor him visit www.just giving.com/Christopher-Silcox or call Chris on 07769 270156.