John Gore


British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity. Every day they save lives, through pioneering research, providing vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risks, campaigning for change and supporting and caring for heart patients. Charity Registration No 225971
Take Heart
Making a difference to patients and staff at the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary

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John's Wainwright challenge

John Gore

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In June, 1999, at the age of 57, I had heart valve replacement surgery in the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary. After a quick return to fitness, I set myself a target to climb the 214 Wainwright mountains in the Lake District within 5 years of my operation. Having accomplished this in June, 2004, I gave myself a further challenge, this being to climb them for a second time, by different routes where possible, before my 65th birthday in February, 2008. I reached this objective in October, 2007. My passion for climbing the mountains never diminished and I continued scaling the heights.                                      I have been fortunate this last week to make successful ascents of Scafell Pike, Great  End  and Lingmell  and now have just 1 Wainwright to climb in order to complete the 214 for the third time. I shall reach my goal this month, the plan being to climb the last one with some members of the family at the end of April, and have a small celebration to mark the  occasion.                                                                                                 

I am raising money for 3 charities :-

“The British Heart Foundation”,

“Take Heart”……a charity which helps to fund the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds, and

“The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association”.

More information about the work of these charities can be found by clicking on the icons alongside.

The reason for choosing the first two is centred on my gratitude for the amazing advancement in operations and treatments for heart patients and for my own care at the Heart Centre nearly eighteen years ago. I chose the third charity to mark my immense admiration for the work which the search and rescue teams do in the Lake District, an area of the country which I treasure.

It would be very much appreciated if you decide to support me in this fundraising venture. The total monies which I raise will be divided equally between the three listed charities.

Many thanks


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Recent donors

22.04.17 Amazing John, well done!!


19.04.17 Hi John, Keep Trekking! Sorry it's taken so long to get round to this.

19.04.17 Amazing achievement- congratulations!

19.04.17 Amazing achievement already!

19.04.17 Brilliant achievement! Well done to both of you, hope you have a fantastic weekend with all the family walking the last one! Love Chris and David

18.04.17 Congratulations John! I look forward to working with you again in the Summer.

18.04.17 Fantastic story! Well done.

17.04.17 Fantastic achievement and an inspiration! We hope we can climb them all three times too!! Katie and Dave

17.04.17 Well done John, great challenge

17.04.17 Lovely to know you will have your family by your side at the completion of the challenge later this month. You are an inspiration to us all. Janet , Alan & Family

17.04.17 This is an unbelievable achievement ! Well done you. Lots of love, Ian and Jane x


15.04.17 Good Luck and well done in completing your challenge John!

14.04.17 Maybe one day I will get to try to do the Wainwrights myself - but I'm sure only the once! Andrea xx

14.04.17 What an incredible achievement! Well done John. with love and best wishes, Andy and Brian

13.04.17 You're a truly inspirational man. From swimming laps at a small North Yorkshire school's pool, to playing table tennis, and cycling seemingly unfeasible distances, or of course bagging Wainwright's mountains. Wonderful! Enjoy the last two.

13.04.17 Best of luck!

12.04.17 Well done John, are you going to set yourself a new challenge for your 75th birthday?

10.04.17 Well done John! You are an inspiration especially for all those people facing heart surgery. Also not to forget about Margaret for her faithful love and support. S and K.

10.04.17 Well done John - brilliant effort!

10.04.17 Good effort! Sure you're not going to do them again....?!!


09.04.17 WOW! Simply brilliant. We are in awe of you. Fantastic causes. Geoff and Pam

08.04.17 Well done for climbing the Wainwrights for a third time - a fantastic achievement! Hope you complete the challenge in good weather.


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