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Climb tribute to keen fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 23:48 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:37 05 July 2010

A TRIO of intrepid walkers have climbed England's highest peak in memory of charity fundraiser Kevin Rix.

George Rhodes, of Stanford Street, Lowestoft, climbed Scafell Pike, together with his brother John Rhodes, of Newquay, and Andrew Frampton, of Raglan Street, Lowestoft, to help raise money for the charities that had been close to Mr Rix's heart.

A TRIO of intrepid walkers have climbed England's highest peak in memory of charity fundraiser Kevin Rix.

George Rhodes, of Stanford Street, Lowestoft, climbed Scafell Pike, together with his brother John Rhodes, of Newquay, and Andrew Frampton, of Raglan Street, Lowestoft, to help raise money for the charities that had been close to Mr Rix's heart.

Earlier this year Mr Rix, a former employee at Gunton Hall, lost his battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma, while a fundraising party he had organised was being held.

The 37-year-old had been diagnosed two years previously and although the illness forced him to give up his job he spent the last few weeks of his life organising a fancy-dress party at the Chaucer Club, in Bungay, to raise money for those who cared for him during his illness. But while 150 gathered at the event, he passed away in the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, with his family by his side.

Amongst those at the charity bash was George Rhodes.

The 58-year-old had already successfully walked to the summit of Wales' and Scotland's highest peaks, Snowdon and Ben Nevis, and although he had only met Mr Rix three or four times, he felt moved to climb England's highest for him.

“I was at the party the night he died,” said Mr Rhodes, “And at that moment I felt inspired to go and seek sponsorship for it. I spoke to Kevin's family, saying that I wanted to help raise some more money on top of what had been made.”

On Friday, May 16, George joined his brother John, 61, who was scaling his first mountain, and Andrew, 32, who had previously climbed Snowdon, to reach the top of Scafell Pike, in the Lake District.

Despite low lying cloud forcing a change of course they left for the summit at 7.30am, reaching the peak at 11.45am.

“We are not professional climbers by any means and personally I found it gruelling compared to Ben Nevis and Snowdon,” said Mr Rhodes. “It was relentless with much loose rock and the other two found it harder than expected but at no point did we think about turning back.”

Together the trio's efforts are set to raise over £400, after contributions from colleagues at Hoseasons, KFC and local Slimming World groups. This figure will be added to the £1,600 raised at Kevin's party for the All Hallows Hospital, in Ditchingham, the Macmillan Nurses and the Sandra Chapman Unit at the James Paget University Hospital.

If you would like to contribute to the charity fund, call George on 01502 515230

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