THE brother of a 20-year-old woman who died in tragic circumstances is taking on a gruelling six-challenge charity drive.
Hugh Valentine, 27, from Bangor-on-Dee, will push himself to the limit in some of the country’s toughest races and events, including the renowned Tough Mudder assault course and the lofty Three Peaks Challenge.
He hopes to raise at least £6,000 from the six 2014 challenges, to add to the £12,500 he has already raised over the last two years through feats, including a Lands End to John O’Groats mission.
And through all the lung-busting challenges Hugh will be driven on by the memory of his sister Aimée, who died suddenly on June 17, 2011.
She died after taking prescription-only painkillers and sedatives she had been given by her boyfriend Simon Bradley.
He was jailed for four years for giving Aimée Class A and C drugs hours before she died.
Hugh has been raising money for children’s mental health charity YoungMinds because Aimée, also from Bangor-on-Dee and a former Maelor School pupil, had bi-polar disorder.
He has described his sister as “beautiful” and “fun-loving”.
As part of this year’s charity drive Hugh will be taking on the Coast to Coast three-day challenge in May, the Three Peaks mountain challenge in June, a Coast to Coast 24-hour challenge in July, the Ride London cycling event in August, the renowned Welsh Etape cycle race in September and the mud-soaked Tough Mudder marathon assault course in October.
Mr Valentine said: “I have been taking part in one challenge every year, but this year I decided I wanted to do something more.
“This year is going to be a lot of hard work but I have started training and will be training all through the year to make sure I am in good shape for each of the challenges.
“But I don’t want to just do all of these on my own, I would like people to come on board with me for three of the challenges.”
He wants support for the Coast to Coast three day challenge, the Three Peaks Challenge and the Tough Mudder.
“Anyone who wants to join me and take part is more than welcome to get in touch,” he added.
To donate to the cause visit www. virginmoneygiving.com/
team/SixThousand and anyone wanting to get involved in the challenges can contact Hugh Valentine on 07855 058724.