A KINGSWINFORD pharmacist has pushed himself to the limit to raise funds for a foundation created in memory of a popular Stourbridge man.

Naresh Lad, aged 55-years-old, took on the gruelling 24 Peak Challenge in the Lake District earlier this month to raise money for the Eddge Foundation.

Naresh, who runs Lads Pharmacy in High Acres, was inspired to take on the trial in memory of his friend Eddie Geach.

The trek saw him, his brother, nephew and two friends, climb 24 of the largest peaks in the country over two days, tackling 11 of the largest peaks on day one followed by 13 the next day.

The Eddge Foundation was created by Eddie's partner and sisters after his death last year from oesophageal cancer, with the aim of raising money for local causes and keeping Eddie's memory alive.

Since the Foundation was formed in September 2018, it has raised £3,000 for Mary Steven's Hospice and has helped provide wheelchairs, cookers and other items for people in need.

Tonia Millard, Eddie's partner and one of the founders of the foundation, paid tribute to Naresh's efforts.

She said: "I would like to say thank you to Naresh as it's a massive challenge. All the funds raised go directly to worthy causes and we are currently looking to fund a medical detection dog or a support dog."

"To raise awareness of this little spoken of form of cancer and to keep Eddie's name alive, the foundation donates to local worthy causes. There are no admin fees or charges and every penny raised is put to good use. Myself and his family, Karen Staves, Roslyn Mclaughlin, Mavis, Edward and Joseph Geach pay tribute to Naresh for his efforts in mastering this challenge.

"It's all about Ed, he would have been so proud."

To find out more about the Foundation and to get involved in its work, search for The Eddge Foundation on Facebook.