Mountain man Danny aims to scale new heights

Danny Deen will be hiking 74 miles in four days for charity.
Danny Deen will be hiking 74 miles in four days for charity.

An energetic mountaineer from South Tyneside is aiming to hit 42 peaks in four days.

Danny Deen will be hiking 74 miles across the Lake District next month and reaching 42 of its highest points.

Danny Deen will be raising money the The Children's Heart Unit Fund.

Danny Deen will be raising money the The Children's Heart Unit Fund.

The 33-year-old aims to compete the challenge in just four days to raise money for CHUF (The Children’s Heart Unit Fund) based at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

He has been inspired to raise cash for the charity after his friend’s child received treatment there for a heart condition.

Mr Deen, from Tyne Dock, South Shields, said: “I am a mountaineer, so I am always hiking, it’s something I really enjoy.

“But I wanted to be able to raise funds for CHUF as my friend’s son has been helped so much by them, so I thought this was a good way to do just that.”

It will all be worth it to raise money for the kids.

Danny Deen

Setting off on December 8, Mr Deen will be travelling along the Bob Graham Round – named after the Keswick guest house owner, who in June 1932 broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells within a 24-hour period.

Mr Deen won’t have to climb 42 individual peaks in one day. However, there will be no popping back to a cosy bed and breakfast at the end of a hard day’s climb.

He added: “I’ll be hiking alone and it should take between three and four days to complete.

“While I will be climbing 42 peaks, I won’t be setting off from the base of each individual peak, I’ll be travelling over the ranges.

“I’ll be carrying my camping kit with me, so I’ll just be sleeping wherever is suitable and when I get tired.

“It will be cold and wet, and likely to be snowy, since it will be December, but it’s all o raise money for the kids so it’s worth it.”

To sponsor Mr Deen, visit www.justgiving.com/Danny-Deen.