It’s a dog’s life for fundraiser Paulf

CHALLENGE: Paul Dyson and his lurcher Roxy are set to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge next Sunday.
CHALLENGE: Paul Dyson and his lurcher Roxy are set to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge next Sunday.
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A GOMERSAL man and his dog will tackle the Three Peaks Challenge on Easter Sunday in aid of the Yorkshire Rose Dog Rescue charity.

Paul Dyson, 41, pictured left, will take on the challenge with his 11-month-old lurcher Roxy along with his friend Nick Keqa and his pet collie Ben. He is supporting the Birkenshaw-based dog charity, which helps find homes for stray dogs in the Spen Valley.

Paul, who owns Printees Ltd, in Birstall, has been training for the last few months to get his fitness right for the gruelling trek. He has been using all his business contacts to try and reach his £500 target.

Paul said: “I got a dog nine months ago, although not through the charity, but since getting out and about I have bumped into them for chats. I wanted to do something like this anyway for health and fitness reasons, I’ve had some operations on my heart and knee recently, so the bonus of doing this is that I can raise money for the charity.”

Paul and Nick started out with rather basic fitness levels, but through tackling the individual peaks they are ready for the real thing. However, he had a lucky escape in January when attempting the tricky Whernside peak.

“We were a bit inexperienced, so didn’t know the conditions were too dangerous. We got to the peak but it was thick with snow and ice. As we start the walk back down, I took a tumble and fell about 50 feet down the mountain.Only my pride was hurt, but I did have a few bumps and bruises,” he said.

l To sponsor Paul visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/pauldyson