A PUB landlord is taking on the heights of Snowdonia in a bid to raise money for a trust set up in the name of a six-year-old battling a brain tumour for the second time.
Steve Chilvers, who runs the Drum and Monkey, in Castle Road, Castle Gresley, is to take on the Iron Man Challenge raising money for the Liberty Rose Trust which is setting up a fun day for children suffering with serious illnesses.
The 31-year-old said: “The Iron Man Challenge takes place at Snowdonia. I will be cycling 20 miles round the bottom, then we climb up and down. I then cycle another 10 miles followed by 45 minutes in the canoe then run to the finish line.
“I have been training for about two weeks with James Stacey, who is a keen cyclist. I train five or six days a week. We cycle round Cannock Chase and Hicks Lodge and three times a week I do Muay Thai boxing for three hours a time. I also play football.
“I have lost one stone in two weeks.”
However, Mr Chilvers is no stranger to challenges after serving in the 23 Pioneer Regiment eight years ago and said this training is worthwhile.
“Libby is fantastic. To look at her you wouldn’t know anything was wrong with her. She is always smiling.”
The Liberty Rose Trust was set up by Liberty’s parents, Carl and Dawn Finn, of Station Street, Castle Gresley, after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour aged just eight months old. However, by the age of three her tumour had vanished following chemotherapy, but recently the family learnt it had returned.
The landlord added: “We have known the Finns for about a year and a half. We want the money we raise to go towards the Superstar Awards for children who suffer with serious illnesses.
“The last one cost about £3,500 so we will help raise money for that and make it bigger and better.”
The Iron Man Challenge will take place on June 16 and anyone who wants to sponsor Mr Chilvers can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Chilvers