A former Keswick businessman is taking on a challenge which he admits will be “tough” ask on National Skipping Day – on Friday 24 April.
Andy, who lost his daughter Sophie to suicide in 2018, is a tireless supporter of the national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of young Suicide.
His #SkipforSophie and #HulaforSophie posts on social media have already been putting a smile on viewers’ faces. But Andy says #SkipforSophie will give him a chance to talk about his daughter and raise awareness of PAPYRUS and its vitally important work.
Although he is a capable walker, runner, skier and biker Andy admits skipping is tough. “I bought three skipping ropes for the family thinking it would be quite easy but it’s actually one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s really hard on the knees, I’m not sure if they’ll ever be the same again,” said Andy, who is an ex-managing director of the George Fisher store in Keswick.
“However, people are really encouraging me, I’ve already had an offer of £50 if I can do fifty skips, so I’m going to do my best to raise money and raise awareness of PAPYRUS,” added Andy, who lives in the Eden Valley.