Family’s heartfelt gesture in memory of climber who died on Scafell Pike

Two women from Cumbria have just completed 100 miles each in memory of a loved one who died on Scafell Pike.

Chris Brown, 35, of Whitehaven, Cumbria was a well-known and popular postman and firefighter who died in June 2019 after falling during his descent of Scafell Pike.

His niece 20-year-old Bethany Brown, a hairstylist from Broughton Moor, and her grandma, Marie Brown 58, completed the walks in May to raise much needed funds for the mountain rescue team that helped to locate him.

Originally from Broughton Moor himself, Chris lived in Parton with his wife Sam, from Egremont, and their two-year-old daughter Grace Harper.

Chris was declared missing on Monday June 3, 2019, after no one had heard from him since he Tweeted a picture at the mountain’s summit which is around 978m (3,208ft) high.

A search was launched that evening and members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team spent the night searching the mountain and were later joined by volunteers from the Duddon and Furness, and Cockermouth teams.

Rescuers later managed to find the climber’s body at Chambers Crag at the top of Little Narrowcove.

Bethany said that his family will always be grateful for their help.

She told LancsLive: “I chose to walk 100 miles in May to raise money for Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team as they are a charity very close my my family’s heart.

“After losing my uncle Chris, back in June 2019 on Scafell Pike, my family decided it would be a charity we work closely with, as we believe they do an amazing job at what they do best – protecting the public.

Chris Brown with his mum on his wedding day
Chris Brown with his mum on his wedding day
(Image: Courtesy of Bethany Brown)

“Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team serve as a fourth emergency service, made up purely of volunteers. They receive no government funding, so without donations made, they wouldn’t be able to do what they’re so amazing at doing.”

Bethany first started by working out how many miles a day she would need to walk in order to keep on track and to fit them around her schedule as she works six days a week.

She started walking over double her daily miles so she could have a rest day in between walks and some nights she’d even walked 10 miles in the rain after finishing work.

She was accompanied on a few of the walks by some of her friends, and by her grandma, Marie Brown, 58, on a few occasions.

As well as Bethany completing the 100 miles on the May 23, Marie also did 100 miles the same month to raise money and chose to take her three-year-old German Sheperd, Seb, who completed the full distance too.

20-year-old Bethany Brown and her grandma Marie Brown completed 100 miles each for Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team along with their German Shepard dog Seb
20-year-old Bethany Brown and her grandma Marie Brown completed 100 miles each for Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team along with their German Shepard dog Seb
(Image: Bethany Brown)

Bethany said: “My family, along with some of Chris’ friends have previously done fundraising events to raise money for Wasdale, however unfortunately due to the pandemic a lot of the fundraising had to be put on hold.

“So I thought what better way to kick it back off. I have raised a total of £1010 + £126.25 gift aid and my grandma has raised a total of £965 + £193.75 gift aid, so we’ve got a massive sum of £2295, which were both really pleased with.”

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team put a statement on its Facebook page today thanking the determined pair for their hard work.

A spokesperson said: “The team would like to congratulate Marie and Bethany Brown on completing their “Walk 100 miles in May” challenge, and thank them enormously for raising money for our team through their Just Giving pages.

Between them they raised an amazing £2,295 with all money raised in memory of Chris Brown.”

Chris’ family would like to continue raising as much money as they can for Wasdale mountain rescue team.

To find out more and to donate, please visit the Just Giving page here.

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