Tuesday 1 June 2010


A team from Bristol will take on one of the toughest challenges of their lives this summer, to raise money for a cancer charity.

Driven by Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre’s general sales manager, Deryk Johnson, the team of seven named ‘Simply the Breast’ will take on the challenge over June 20th and 21st.

Joining him as co-driver will be his sister, Yvonne Beavan, and together with the rest of the team they’re raising funds for Breast Cancer Research.

Yvonne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, making Deryk and the whole team more determined to complete the challenge

During the two day challenge Deryk will act as navigator and driver, carefully managing the team’s arrival at each peak before being ready to collect everyone when they reach the bottom of Ben Nevis and Scaffell Pike.

Yvonne’s husband Richard Beavan will lead the team made up of their children, Chris (25) and Jess (17), Richard’s brother in-law Neil Hackwood (44) and family friend, Lee Russell (38).

Simply the Breast will start the challenge with the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Standing at 1,344 metres, it is expected to take three hours to climb and a further two and a half hours to descend.

Next they will travel to 978 metre Scafell Pike in the Lake District, with a climbing time of two hours and a hour and a half to descent. Finally, they will take on Snowdon in Wales. At 1,085 metres high it will take them an estimated two and half hours to climb, ounce at the top the challenge is finally over.

The group’s challenge is being supported by Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre, who will be supplying a Volkswagen van to transport them from start to finish.

Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre’s brand manager, Charles Roberts said: “We are all proud of Deryk, and the Simply the Breast team. By donating the use of a van, to transport them from peak to peak, we hope they can concentrate on making as much money as possible.”

Sales manager, Deryk added: “It’s going to be tough to complete the challenge in 24 hours, but we have all trained hard. We hope we can raise lots of funds for Breast Cancer Research.”

He said: “Yvonne is an inspiration to all those that know her.

“It was a shock when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but her courage is helping push us to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.”

To donate money to Simply the Breast, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research please speak to Deryk at Heritage Volkswagen (tel: 0117 976 5000) or contact the groups facebook page.

Picture caption: The Simply the Breast Team (l-r) Lee Russell, Jessica Beavan, Yvonne Beavan, Richard Beavan, Chris Beavan, Neil Hackwood and Deryk Johnson.

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