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Company director and sons raise £3K for Blackburn Youth Zone
1:08pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
A COMPANY director and his two sons have taken on a top challenge for Blackburn Youth Zone.
Steve Turnock, a Youth Zone board member, raised a £3,124 along with his sons Ben and Sam by reaching the summit of Mont Blanc with the BYZ flag.
Mr Turnock, a non-executive director of Practice Plan Ltd in Blackburn, said: “I turned 50 in May, and wanted to mark the occasion by doing something memorable.
“I came up with idea of doing ‘the two mile challenge’. This involved climbing Mont Blanc (it’s a vertical mile from the mountain hut we slept at the night before the ascent attempt, to the summit of Mont Blanc), and swimming a mile in Lake Windermere in the Great North Swim event.
“The Mont Blanc attempt gave me a lot more respect for the mountains. I also now know that sometimes, just having a positive mental attitude isn’t enough; you really need to be in a good physical shape! It was also a great adventure to go on with my two sons.
“By contrast, the one mile swim, which was cancelled in Windermere, and we ended up doing it in Salford Quays, was a really good day out with an old university friend. Whilst we didn’t break any records, it has given me the desire to do some more open water swims.”
Laura Jones, BYZ events manager, said: “Steve and his sons enough for their kindness in thinking of the Youth Zone in their fundraising efforts.
“This just goes to show no matter how little or how much you raise, it all counts towards giving the young people of Blackburn a brighter future.”
The Youth Zone, based off Jubilee Street in Blackburn, was launched earlier this year and costs £500,000 to run each year.
Laura added: “We are currently in the process of launching a Community Fundraising Pack which is designed to help, guide and support those of you who are thinking of becoming a community fundraiser.
Any and all help is much appreciated.”