Group of men take on gruelling challenge in memory of colleague Jamie Bemrose

Nigel Holden, Dave Stokes, Paul Rothenburg, Glen Walker, Pat Geddes, Mick Dodd, Mark Holden and Peter Cockerill completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in memory of their colleague, Jamie Bemrose
-Credit: (Image: Nigel Holden)


A group of men who tragically lost a colleague who would "help anyone" have embarked on a gruelling walking challenge to raise crucial funds for a men's mental health charity.

Nigel Holden, 53, from Grimsby, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on Monday, May 20 alongside eight of his Svitzer tugboat workmates, walking 24 miles in total to the peaks of three mountains in just one day.

The nine men decided to embark on the challenge in memory of their cherished colleague Jamie Bemrose, 45, whose body was tragically recovered from the River Humber in May last year after he was reported missing in April.

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All funds raised will go directly to Andy's Man Club, a nationwide charity which is geared towards helping men who are struggling with their mental health.

Speaking to Grimsby Live, Nigel said: "It was the hardest thing we've ever done, but we were lucky with the weather, because it wasn't too hot and it wasn't wet. The reality of it sunk in on the first summit, we all suddenly realised what we'd let ourselves in for.

All proceeds from the charity challenge will go to Andy's Man Club
All proceeds from the charity challenge will go to Andy's Man Club -Credit:Nigel Holden

"But everybody finished it and we felt great. All the pain and blisters and sweat was all worth it. We were sat there afterwards having a pint and toasting Jamie.

"Jamie was a colleague and a friend to most of us at Svitzer for 20 odd years. We all rallied round and did what we could for his family afterwards.

"He was a keen walker, and he did mention to us one time about doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks so we thought it would be a fitting challenge to raise as much money as we could for the charity that helped him in his darkest times."

Jamie Bemrose sadly died last year aged 45
Jamie Bemrose sadly died last year aged 45 -Credit:funeral-notices.co.uk

Nigel said Jamie is remembered by his friends and colleagues as a "genuine guy" who could talk to anyone.

He continued: "He's remembered as a genuine guy who could strike up a conversation with anybody. If you wanted to talk about something, he'd be the first person to talk to you about it.

"He'd help anyone and he was very intelligent, knowledgeable and inquisitive, we always used to call him '20 Questions Jamie'. He was a loveable chap and would start any conversation with a question. He was always there for everyone else but none of us knew the struggles he was going through at the time."

To donate to the fundraiser, you can do so by clicking here.