STEVE Iveson and Shiro Ando both live in America but the pair are busy planning a fundraising challenge to raise funds for a Barnsley charity.

The men’s families have been deeply affected by dementia and as Steve’s family, who live in Barnsley, are currently being supported by local dementia charity BIADS (Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support), they decided to take on the enormous challenge of the National Three Peaks.

The paid hope to not only raise much-needed funds but also awareness for this worthy cause.

The National Three Peaks involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales and are hoping to complete the challenge in three days.

Steve said: “As a family member of a dementia sufferer, every day can feel like you have a mountain to climb and even after you put in all the work and effort to reach the summit one day you have no choice but to start again from the bottom.”

Steve comes over to Barnsley every couple of months and visits BIADS with his family, on a regular basis, and says he has seen first-hand the impact BIADS can have on people whose lives can literally be turned upside down when receiving a dementia diagnosis.

Steve said: “Having seen the difference BIADS makes to people with dementia and their families, we are moved to raise as much money as possible to support this wonderful charity.

“The difference this team of dedicated volunteers and staff make to so many lives on a daily basis is incredible and inspiring. They bring happiness and joy back to the faces of so many by offering valuable guidance and support as well as lots of social activities”.

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