RAF veteran from Barnetby teaming up with son for charity trek to summit of Ben Nevis
A FATHER and son are to trek across the Scottish Highlands to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of a loved one.
Ray Matthews, 60, and son Ric, 36, will walk the West Highland Way – a distance of 96 miles – and climb the 1,344 metres to the summit of Ben Nevis at the finish.
The pair, who both served in the Royal Air Force, will begin the challenge on May 22 and are set to complete it by May 28.
And their efforts are in honour of Ray's mother-in-law, Mary Chambers, who died recently after a battle with Alzheimer's.
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The duo are taking part in the challenge after last year walking from St Bees in the Lake District to Robin Hood's Bay in the North Yorkshire Moors.
Barnetby resident Ray, who served 23-and-half years in the Royal Air Force, said: "It was such an amazing experience that we have decided to walk the West Highland Way this year and as my mother-in-law passed away recently aged 95, my wife Linda suggested we do the walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
"Her mum had suffered from Alzheimer's for nearly 14 years and was unable to recognise any of her family for the last 11."
Ray went into teaching after leaving the RAF. He became a lecturer in motor vehicle studies at North Lindsey College and taught there for 18-and-a-half years before retiring in April last year.
But retiring has given him a chance to do lots of walking – which will be crucial in the challenge ahead.
Ray said: "Retirement has given me a chance to enjoy many things, which includes walking on a daily basis, enabling me to maintain a good standard of fitness."
Ric, who served for 13 years in the Royal Air Force until 2010, is now a part-time firefighter in Winterton.
He says his enjoyment of walking and attending various fitness events should "stand him in good stead".
You can sponsor the pair by e-mailing raymatthews firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0750 8215213. Sponsorship forms are also in the One Stop Shop and The Whistle & Flute, both in Barnetby.