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Munro Challenge

1801. Nick Gardner

Nick Gardner, aged 81, from The Highlands, is completing a challenge to climb all 282 Munros in Scotland in 1,200 days to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer's, following his wife Janet's diagnosis with the condition.

Nick Gardner

Janet was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2002 but, despite a deterioration in health, continued to remain active in the garden until her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia in 2018, after which she began requiring 24-hour care. Nick, who is a passionate climber, first embarked on the challenge as a means of helping him cope with the devastating news, before realising that he could use it to benefit other sufferers and carers across the UK through a fundraising appeal. After turning 80 in April 2020, Nick started his challenge once pandemic restrictions allowed, and has so far climbed 185 Munros and raised over £35,000 for ‘Alzheimer Scotland’ and the ‘Royal Osteoporosis Society’.

Nick’s award coincides with Giving Tuesday, the annual globally-celebrated day of giving.

Nick said:

“Thank you so much for recognising me as a ‘Point of Light’ winner. I feel humbled that what I enjoy doing is regarded as being so special as to warrant this award.”

Nick Gardner climbing his way down from one of his munro challenges

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