A WREXHAM man has returned home after conquering the Three Peaks Challenge - but with one huge difference.

Paul Edwards completed the challenge in just 22 days to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospice - who provide specialist nursing care and support to children and their families living in Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

As well as climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District, and Snowdon in Wales - he also walked each of the miles in between them too and has so far raised £7,200.

The 55-year-old began his challenge in Fort William in August and clocked up a massive 640 miles to reach his local pub The Cross Foxes in Penycae.

Paul, whose hobby is running marathons and ultra-marathons, took annual leave from his job as a machinist to complete the challenge which he says was the most challenging thing he has ever done.

“I was physically on my own walking 30 miles a day, every day, plus taking on the three highest peaks in the country,” said Paul.

“It was hard work and some of the weather made it pretty challenging, but I just had to keep going.

“There was one moment in particular where I really had to push through, but the cause was all worth it.

“I wanted to support Hope House because it’s such an amazing charity. I haven’t got kids myself and I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like for parents when their children are seriously ill.”

During his adventure Paul captured the imagination of all those who passed him, be it on one of the three peaks themselves or walking along canals and streets.

He added: “People would see me and take a picture of the sign I had on my back with all the information to go and donate. That’s what it was all about really, raising money for Hope House.”

Paul said it was when he reached the peak at Snowdon that things started to get emotional.

He said: “Snowdon is my home peak and from that moment on it was a journey back home. Until that point at lot was in front of me, but at Snowdon I could start to see the finish.

“It was an amazing finish getting home with people applauding and clapping as I was coming through the villages and areas around Penycae.”

Fundraiser Catrin Dowdeswell said: “Paul has shown such determination, grit and humility during this challenge. Everyone at Hope House is over the moon to have him home safe and to see him smash his initial target of £2,000.”

You can still sponsor Paul by going online to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Edwards500miles.