AFTER helping his wife through leukaemia, Gary O’Reilly wanted to do more to help.

Together with seven friends, Gary, from Upton, will be taking on the Three Peaks challenge in July to raise money for cancer charities and hospices.

The men will attempt to scale first Ben Nevis, then Scarfell and finally Snowdon within 24 hours.

This is the latest in a series of fund raising challenges that Gary has taken on and he anticipates this one will be tough but rewarding.

He said: “It’s the recovery that will be the hardest.

“We’ve got a six hour drive after Ben Nevis so we’ll get stiff and then have to get walking again.

“It’s definitely worth it though.”

Gary and his wife, Sally, are on the board of the Chester division of Leukaemia & Lymphoma research, and are heavily involved with the work of Cheshire hospices.

Sally was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006 and has now been in remission for five years.

So far they have raised £1,000 through a fund raising evening in West Kirby.

They have also organised an event at The Red Door, St John Street on June 10 from 7.30pm. where there will be a raffle and live entertainment.

All money raised will be split between Leukaemia and Lymphoma research, Cancer Research UK, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Alder Hey Family House Trust Ltd and Claire House Children’s hospice.

For tickets, £10, call Gary on 07973 657 470 or email

To sponsor their walk, go to