Craig climbs a mountain for family quest
FOR more than 15 years, the Austin family of Higham Ferrers has been holding events such as quizzes and table-top sales for a charity that is very special to them.
But this month, the fundraising hit its peak . . . a very high one! Craig Austin climbed Snowdon in North Wales on Saturday April 11 as a personal quest to further the family’s charitable cause.
The Oxford Trauma Unit nursed dad Pete Austin after a serious injury at work in Wellingborough. Pete (63), of Lancaster Street, suffered life-changing injuries including a shattered pelvis and multiple colon ruptures in the accident in 1998. He was there for three months and, as a thank-you for his life-saving treatment, the Austins continue to raise funds for the unit, pulling in more than £15,000 so far.
Pete – a member of the Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust – said: “To my family, it is only money as how can you repay people for saving a life?”
After his Snowdon expedition, Craig – a volunteer at Wellingborough Museum who lives with dad Pete, mum Jane and older brother Scott – said: “I really enjoyed the experience, it was brilliant and not one drop of rain.
“There were clouds over the peak when we started and they came over again when we were coming down, but when we were at the top it was clear, the views were amazing. I want to do it again!”
The climb has added at least £250 to the family’s fundraising so far and donations are still coming in – you can donate or find out more by emailing Pete Austin, here: email@example.com.
Pete also stages quiz nights for his charity. He added: “The regular quiz evening is on alternate months. My next quiz is on May 20, 8pm at Rushden Town Bowls Club; £2.50 per person, teams of four.”
Pictured above – HIGH RISER: Craig at the summit, pictured by fellow climber James Rice of Kettering – a friend of Craig’s since infants school days.