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Stuart's charity challenge is sprout of this world

Solihull Editorial 7th Aug, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

A MAD dad has raised thousands of pounds for charity after pushing a Brussels sprout up a mountain using nothing but his nose.

Stuart Kettell reached the summit of Snowdon this week after spending four days pushing the piece of veg up the 3,560ft peak.

His yearly fund-raising exploits – which include walking every Coventry street on a pair of stilts – had already raised £40,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support over several years.

And after news of the latest challenge went ‘viral’ – attracting the likes of Sky News and the BBC to cover the story – Stuart’s total was given a bump of more than £5,200.

The dad of three, from Coventry but now living in Balsall Common, said he was in tears at the finish line after hundreds of walkers waited at the summit to congratulate him.

“My back’s gone, my wrists are hurting, there’s no skin on my knees,” he told us.

“But to sit back and see the donations reeling in makes it all worthwhile.

“The amount raised looked good when I finished – it was around £1,500 – but the phone’s been going every 30 seconds now with donations.”

Stuart added it had been his brother’s idea when he joked about it after last year’s stilts challenge.

“He spontaneously said ‘what are you going to do know? Push a pea up a mountain?’

“I couldn’t get it out of my head on the way home and the more people I told, the more they laughed – that’s the reaction I want from these challenges.”

Stuart is already planning a stunt for 2015 – and it could be even more bonkers than the last.

That’s because he is aiming to travel from France to the UK by walking along the bottom of the channel.

The claustrophobic dad said the sea’s darkness would scare him but he believed it was possible with the help of a high-pressure suit and a boat on the surface.

However, he could be scuppered if the French authorities fail to give it the go-ahead.

Visit to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Self-proclaimed mad fool Stuart Kettell in action. He needed four days and 14 sprouts to complete the challenge. (s)

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