23 Feb 2016

Nicky's climbing every mountain

Nicky Bloor

The loss of his baby girl inspired fundraiser Nicky Bloor to take on a year-long physically gruelling and mentally exhausting challenge.

Last September, Nicky was devastated when his first child, Cassie Elizabeth was stillborn at 27 weeks. Shortly after, a devastated Nicky embarked on a mission to raise funds and awareness to help improve care for other bereaved parents.

The 28-year-old IT security consultant from Warrington says he will carry his ‘angel baby’ in his heart as he sets out to scale the highest 100 peaks in England and Wales in just one year.

Incredible, beautiful and backbreaking

Nicky’s ‘100 Summit Challenge’ began on 28 November 2015 with Arenig Fawr (854 metres) in North Wales and so far he’s completed fifteen climbs.

“For someone as unfit as I am with no experience whatsoever, it’s been a punishing but amazing journey,” says Nicky.

“Strong winds have blown me off my feet and rain has stung my face so hard I’ve not been able to see. I’ve climbed in two-foot deep snow with accompanying blizzards and fog and been knee deep in streams while trying to navigate back down a mountain by head torch.”

He’s also found himself up to his hips in snow trying to loosen his foot and escape from a boggy puddle.

“Climbing Llwytmor (849 metres) in the snow was absolutely incredible,” says Nick, “it’s so beautiful up there. Arenig Fawr was by far the toughest descent, but at the same time it was an amazing learning experience.”

Nicky’s aiming to reach the 100th peak on or before the end of November 2016.

Heart breaking experience

Always with him are two very special companions, Cassie Bear and Harry Bear – small teddy bears in memory of Cassie.

Harry Bear was a gift from Warrington based maternity bereavement charity, Harry & Co. Founded by Kate and Chris Tinker following the loss of their unborn son Harry, the charity is at the heart of improving bereavement services at Warrington hospital. They also help parents and families going through the heart breaking sadness of stillborn and neo-natal death.

Nicky says the bereaved father’s support group created by Harry & Co has helped him and without it, he would feel “much worse.”

Kate says: “It humbles us that at a time of the very deepest personal tragedy, the parents and families that experience the facilities and services we provide, find the strength to think of others and want to give something back.

“When Nicky told us what he was planning to do in memory of his daughter, we were really taken aback, but pleased he had thought enough of his experience of our service to offer us help.

“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Nicky and wish him well with this challenge.”

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On their website Harry & Co encourage people to give using MyDonate as ‘it is easy to make an online donation to us.’ Nicky agrees, and chose to fundraise with MyDonate too.

“I love that MyDonate don't take commission,” says Nicky. “The saving will go toward much needed hospital supplies and equipment.”

Kate adds: “This sort of challenge will not only help with raising awareness and funds for the charity, which will enable us to continue to provide our award winning support and facilities, it will also, most importantly, give Nicky with a way to channel his grief in a very positive way.”

With nearly £3,000 raised to date and the donations rolling in, Nicky says he hopes to make as much as possible to help support other grieving parents.

Follow Nicky’s progress on Twitter at @angelbabycassie and Facebook. You can read more about Nicky’s story at his blog, and there’s also an interactive map showing all of the peaks in the challenge.

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