September 25th, 2016

Mad dad raises £5,000 pushing sprout up Snowdon

Updated: 4:48 pm, May 07, 2015

A MAD dad who raised thousands for charity by pushing a Brussels sprout up a mountain has already set himself a new challenge – and it’s even more bonkers than his last.

Stuart Kettell reached the summit of Snowdon this week after spending four days pushing the piece of veg up the 3,560ft peak.

His yearly fund-raising exploits – which include walking every Coventry street on a pair of stilts – have already raised tens of thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support.

And the latest challenge is no exception after news of the climb went ‘viral’, attracting the likes of BBC and Sky News to cover the story.

More than £5,000 had been raised when the Observer went to press, taking his total raised to more than £45,000.

Stuart told us he was in tears at the finish line after hundreds of walkers waited at the summit to congratulate him.

And he also revealed early details of next year’s challenge – to travel between France and the UK by walking under the channel in a high-pressure suit.

The claustrophobic dad, who now lives in Balsall Common, said the darkness of the sea would scare him but he believed it was possible if the French authorities gave it the green light.

He said the latest challenge had taken its toll.

“My back’s gone, my wrists are hurting, there’s no skin on my knees. But to sit back and see the donations reeling in makes it all worthwhile.

“The amount raised looked good when I finished – it was around £1,500 – but the phone’s been going every 30 seconds now with donations because it’s gone viral.”

Stuart added the idea was his brother’s when he joked about it after last year’s stilts challenge.

“He said ‘what are you going to do know? Push a pea up a mountain?’

“I couldn’t get it out of my head on the way home and the more people I told, the more they laughed – that’s the reaction I want from these challenges.”

Visit justgiving.com/Stuart-Kettell10 to donate.

The Balsall Common dad has now more than £45,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. (s)

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