Every year Merrill, Rob and Darren Lynch, of Lynch Plant Hire, challenge themselves to a ‘brothers Lighthouse Day’ to raise money for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, the charity that provides financial and welfare support to those who are suffering long term injury or illness within the construction sector.
And it seems that each year, the challenges are getting more and more physical and the training regimes more gruelling.
Last year the three brothers conquered the Yorkshire three peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough raising over £3,000 for the Lighthouse Club charity.
The previous year saw them complete a 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge. Billed as the world’s most difficult obstacle race, they made it to the finishing post looking very muddy in just 3 hours and 25 minutes raising £5,000.
But this year sees the trio take to the capital for the ultimate physical challenge when they compete in the London marathon on 22nd April.
Training is well underway and the competitive streak is already beginning to show, even though Merrill Lynch admitted at the Lighthouse Christmas annual lunch, “that he was a ‘little bit’ behind in training compared to his brothers”.
Merrill added, “Training for a marathon requires a lot of time, dedication and mind over matter. But as brothers, we motivate each other to keep going, especially knowing that we are raising money for such a great cause.
“As a company and as individuals we have been long term supporters of the Lighthouse Club Charity and it is an amazing feeling to support our construction colleagues through difficult times. We enjoy the challenges and each year they seem to get more and more ambitious, but I think we’ll get the marathon completed before we think about next year!”
As well as raising vital funds for those in need in the construction industry, Merrill, Rob and Darren dedicate their achievements to their late mother Celia Lynch who was a Director of Lynch Plant for 30 years.
If you’d like to support the Lynch brothers in their quest to complete the London marathon, please pledge your support here.
Last year, the Construction Industry Helpline supported over 1500 construction families in crisis and over 400 families were granted £705,000* of emergency financial help. Of the 1500 calls into the helpline, 1100 of these were given advice and support on issues ranging from stress and depression to legal, debt management and taxation advice.
The Charity receives no public finance and relies on the support from within the industry and its nationwide network of 21 independent, volunteer managed Regional Lighthouse Clubs to fund its charitable work.