The Fridge Hiker

Friday 26 August 2016

Matthew Bamber is a 41 year old H4H supporter and fundraiser looking to take on a hiking challenge with a bit of a difference. Spurred on by this year's Invictus Games 2016 coverage, Matthew decided to do something to help support our 'blokes': trekking through the Lake District with a 30kg Hotpoint fridge strapped to his back!

Fridge Hiker

For Matthew, the way in which he wanted to 'do his bit' had to relate to what our servicemen and women of the Armed Forces go through on the front line. He worked out that Royal Marines in the Falklands hiked with over 36kg on their backs in treacherous conditions, so why can't I? thought Matthew.

With an idea in his head and determination in his heart, Matthew set about organising the finer details of this rather unique trekking challenge, chief of which being the type of fridge he'd be hauling around the slops and fells of the glorious Lakes. He settled on a certain type of Hotpoint refrigerator which now needed a frame to slip around his shoulders.

 Fridge Hiker back packFridge Hiker back pack

Shipped across the pond Matthew's hardcore "Freighter Frame" arrived and the task of marrying fridge and frame now lay at his feet. With help from his father holes were drilled, bits were pulled off, an angle grinder even made an appearance in the process of bringing this beautiful partnership to life.

Eventually the frame was ready for its first test drive. It was taken for a yomp round Honister Slate Mine. An unsuspecting group of scouts and hill runners got a bit of a surprise seeing Matthew drag a fridge from the boot of his car, heave it onto his back, and set off up the hill!

Matthew will take on the challenge on September 10 where he plans to hike 50 miles with the fridge on his back. He is aiming to raise £3000 for Help for Heroes!

Check out his JustGiving page and help him smash his target!


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