A ‘lucky’ Gainsborough man is taking on the epic Three Peaks Challenge for Bluebell Wood as part of his fortieth birthday pledge to pay back his good fortune.

Tomasz Kapuscinski, who turned 40 in September, moved to the UK from Poland in 2005, eventually relocating to Gainsborough in 2007 where he lives happily with his wife and two children.

In 2007 he set up a renovations business called Hibiscus Renovations which he has run successfully to this day.

Now, as the kind-hearted renovation expert embarks upon his 40th year, he’s decided to scale the biggest peaks in Yorkshire for charity.

“When we came here we only had our bag of clothes and no guarantee of a place to stay, now we have everything we could ask for – a roof over our head, happy and healthy children and great family and friends,” said Tomasz.

“That why I think it’s important to give something back for all our good fortune. To say thank you to God for all the goodness we have received.

“I decided to create a group with friends to raise money for charity and we’ve called ourselves the Hibiscus Hikers.

“We were looking for a good local cause and after doing some research we decided Bluebell Wood would be the perfect place.”

In addition to his hiking exploits, Tomasz has also pledged £1,000 to Bluebell Wood from the proceeds of the sale of a house he currently has on the market.

Tomasz and the Hibiscus Hikers (Eryk Swic, Ziemowit Klocek, Nick Perks and Tomasz) will be embarking upon the Three Peaks challenge on the 8th September. They’re aiming to scale the picturesque peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.

One of the members of the charitable quartet, Nick, is having to sit this particular challenge out after injuring his knee. But Tomasz said there will be plenty more challenges to come for Hikers– so watch this space.

Sally Baker, Community Fundraising Manager for Bluebell Wood, said: “I wish Tomasz and the Hibiscus Hikers the best of luck with their epic challenge and I hope the weather is kind to them.

“We’re incredibly grateful for their generosity and we’ll already excited to learn what their next challenge will be!”

To support the Hibiscus Hikers and Bluebell Wood, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hibiscus-Hikers