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Man's gruelling challenge to remember best friend

Man's gruelling challenge to remember best friend

Published at 6:02am 1st August 2015. (Updated at 8:28am 3rd August 2015)

A man has taken on the Tough Mudder event at Broughton Hall, near Skipton, in memory of his best friend.

42-year-old Scott Mackintosh, from Harrogate, wanted to do something to remember Craig Salter who died in June following a three-year battle with cancer.

Craig, 37, was diagnosed with bladder cancer on the same day that Scott's mum, Noreen, died from the disease at the age of 60.

Scott, who suffers from psoriatic arthritis, originally decided to enter Tough Mudder to get himself into shape.

Following the loss of Craig, Scott decided to use the opportunity to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

He said: "My dear mum passed away just a week after being diagnosed with cancer on her 60th birthday. It was the same day Craig was diagnosed, and Craig's dad, Richard, was already, and still is battling cancer of the liver, so Craig's diagnosis came as a bitter blow to the Salter family.

"I want to use my challenge to tell the story of three beautiful individuals, two of which have lost their fight, and one who will not give up his. I'm amazed by the support everyone has shown since I set up my fundraising page and I'm proud to be raising money for such an important cause. Craig's dad still needs the support of organisations like Yorkshire Cancer Research to work towards a cure for cancer."

Craig, who grew up in Knaresborough, was a well-respected graphic designer.

His oldest friend, Alex Cowper, described Craig in his eulogy as "an amazing guy; a beautiful person both inside and out, whose energy, passion, curiosity and incredible lust for life had a profound effect on all of us and truly captured our hearts".

He went on to say: "The way he fought and lived with cancer over the past three years was admirable and inspirational. His positivity and lust for life never faded, even during the darkest and most difficult times when I think many would have crumbled."

Scott's mum was a dedicated charity fundraiser and in later life she gave motivational speeches to students.

He added: "My mum was a well-known and loved member of the community. Although she suffered from fibromyalgia, which left her in constant pain, she had an incredible zest for life and a desire to help people around her.

"She was totally selfless, always smiling and never complained about her own aches and pains. All she ever wanted was to be a grandma, and by the time she passed away, she had four beautiful grandchildren who doted on her."

You can support Scott at www.justgiving.com/ScottMackintosh

Craig Salter

Craig Salter

Noreen Mackintosh

Noreen Mackintosh