A GROUP of intrepid walkers will be scaling the highest peaks in England today in memory of a man who led the construction of some of the district’s most recognisable buildings.
Around 40 walkers and cyclists will be trekking through the Lake District in memory of construction manager Jason Pink, who died earlier this year from skin cancer.
Mr Pink, from Farnhill, near Keighley, died just three days after his 48th birthday.
He had worked for BAM Construction for 13 years, where he met his partner Luisa Penrose, and during that time led the construction of Bradford College and Keighley College, which cost £23.8 million.
He was also lead on the construction of the Sir William Henry Bragg Building at the University of Leeds, and Yorkshire Playhouse.
Mr Pink was an avid walker and cyclist, and in his memory friends and colleagues are today taking part in a seven peak walking or cycling challenge.
The walkers are following a 13 mile route with almost 2,000 metres of ascent, taking in climbs such as Scafell Pick, Great Gable and Green Gable.
The cyclists face the prospect of an equally hilly 50 mile ride, along tracks such as the Honister Pass.
To honour Mr Pink’s memory, the group are raising money for The Melanoma Research Fund, a specialist fund within The Christie Charity.
Mr Pink’s partner, Luisa Penrose, said: “Jason was full of determination and ambition with a great sense of humour.
“It’s been an honour to share his life, and to have been lucky enough to work alongside him too.
“He’s left so many of us with brilliant happy memories. He would be overwhelmed to know the huge amount of love and support that has prevailed, and this will be the first of many charity challenges as a tribute to his life.
“After his devastating diagnosis, it only took seven weeks to go from the picture of health and happiness to the end.
“Jason loved the great outdoors and supported many causes for others. It’s now our turn to rise to his charity challenge.”
During his career, Mr Pink was twice shortlisted for the Chartered Industry of Building’s Construction Manager of the Year Award.
John Phillips, regional director at BAM Construction, added: “Jason worked for us for over 12 years becoming an integral part of our business family and he will be greatly missed.
“He was a very popular member of our team, and this has been a tough time for many of us and for Jason’s family.”
To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-pink