Tom takes on a challenge in memory of two great pals

Sam at the summit of Scafell Pike
Sam at the summit of Scafell Pike

A fitness fanatic from Cheddington took on the infamous Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for charity in memory of two school friends.

But for Tom Reynolds, the physical challenge wasn’t enough and he had to add a 465 mile bike ride into the mix as well as he sought to commemorate Jonny Saunders and Henry Nash.

He and friend Sam Mullegnger – who lives in Lincoln – cycled from Bangor in Wales to Fort William in Scotland and climbed the three highest peaks in thr UK last month, all to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis and suicide prevention charity CALM.

Jonny – a former Gazette reporter – sadly passed away from Ewings Sarcoma in September last year. Kickboxing instructor Henry Nash took his own life only a few weeks later.

Tom, 25, had met Jonny through a mutual friend and the pair had bonded over their love of rock band Muse, and he had known Henry since the age of four.

Even though they had drifted apart after they left school, they reconnected again after Tom started taking kickboxing lessons.

He said: “I decided that instead of going to the pub and drowning my sorrows, I thought I could do something useful.

Tom and Sam completed the mammoth challenge in four days, two hours and 44 minutes and have raised nearly £2,000 for the two causes.

CALM, which stands for Campaign Against Living Miserably, works to reduce suicide in young men, which is currently the biggest killer of men in the country.

According to CALM’s website, more than 4,500 of those who took their own life last year were male.

Tom, who works at a business consultancy in Tring, said: “It’s such a huge number but no one seems to know about it.

“I want to raise awareness, because young men need to know where they can turn in the future if they need help.”

If you would like to donate, visit Tom’s Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here