Superheroes Complete 3 Peak Challenge in Memory of Elliott

Elliott Peto’s love of nature, adventure and superheroes inspired his Dad to get a group of friends and work colleagues to take on the challenge of climbing the national 3 peaks in 24 hours in memory of him.

Elliot was a former pupil of Sacred Heart School who sadly died last year of a rare childhood cancer rhabdomyosarcoma at the aged just 5.

Chris, Elliott’s Dad dressed as Spiderman was joined by Oliver Dickson (Hulk), Michael Baker (Ironman), superhero driver Nathan Smith (Captain America), Brandon Cooke (Batman), Charlie Ilsley (Thor), James Green (Superman) Mohammed Ait-Kaci (Black Panther), Ollie Jones (Deadpool) and   Ben Wiltshire (Mr Incredible).

Chris said, “On my return to work after Elliott died, my colleagues and close friends wanted to help. After discussing options, it was decided that doing the national 24 hour 3 peaks challenge dressed for the duration as Elliott’s favourite superheroes would be an appropriate challenge to inspire and represent the quest for research into better treatment and cure for rhabdomyosarcoma in children. We also thought Elliott would love it.”

The challenge didn’t go quite as planned after the group’s transport broke down after scaling the first two peaks so Snowdon was no longer a possibility.  Chris explained, “We decided to complete Scafell Pike’s neighbouring peak, Great Gable. At 899m in height, and with a reputable terrain, it presented as a suitable alternative. I feel the problems we experienced logistically during the event, and our determination to adapt and proceed in the face of adversity only strengthens our story and tribute to Elliott.”

Ben Wiltshire said, “It was an experience which for obvious reasons we wish we didn’t have to undertake. We knew we had to honour Elliott and everyone that has supported and donated to the cause. We saw some beautiful (and very cold) parts of the country and experienced sights some never see. Everyone is recovering well, just a few aches and pains, in particular Charlie, Thor is a bit sore! It’s taken lots of training, a few injury wobbles but we are all very proud to have completed 3 Peaks, albeit not the ‘3 Peaks’. It’s a weekend we will certainly never forget!”

The group hoped to raise £5,000 for the challenge and have raised an amazing £6,700 so far. Chris commented, “Smashing the target means a lot. It is so touching knowing that Elliott’s legacy has inspired so many people to help us beat this cancer, and that more people will be aware of this disease than before we started the challenge.”

The money raised will make a significant contribution to the many innovative projects supported by the Alice’s Arc charity, of which Elliott’s Arc is a part. These include gaining a better understanding of the nature of rhabdomyosarcoma, developing revolutionary treatments and also less harsh front line diagnostic procedures.

Chris added, “I was so lucky to have Elliott in my life. He was smart, kind, and funny. A really happy and sociable boy. I really miss him, and owe it to him to embrace life, and help others. Even though future breakthroughs will feel bittersweet as Elliott won’t benefit directly from these, I can’t think of a more appropriate legacy for my superhero son.”

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