Les climbs top peak after serious accident
A BOSTON man who almost lost a limb after being involved in a serious road accident has climbed the highest peak in England for charity.
Les Forster was knocked down while crossing a road in 2007.
He was rushed to Pilgrim Hospital for x-rays and scans and was placed on strong painkillers.
Two days after the accident it was decided that Les’s injuries needed to be treated elsewhere.
Les was then transferred to Leicester Hospital where he underwent a series of surgical procedures and spent several weeks where his injured right leg was saved.
After recovery, Les decided he would scale Scafell Pike in the Lake District for Shelter, a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
He said: “The climb was a success. The first 1,000 ft was completed in wonderful sunshine. After this the weather was not kind to us.
“We encountered the mountain mist for the last 2,200 ft.This was extremely challenging as we neared the last half mile we along with other hill walkers took a wrong turn. By this time the mist was very thick and down to about 15 metres visibility.
“We had to encounter two other peaks, Broad Craig and Ill Craig as the navigation equipment was not able to negotiate the mist.
“Eventually we were able to trek the last very steep boulder fields and onto the Scafell Pike lower slopes. We were actually pointed in the right direction by very experienced Fell Ramblers. So we were able to climb the last couple of hundred metres up the very steep ridge to the summit – an amazing spiritual experience.”
Les, 53, is hoping to push the push the total raised up to £500.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Les can log on to www.justgiving.com/Les-Forster-Scafell-Pike-challenge