Stuart Gilson's pals to climb Mount Snowdon in his memory
FRIENDS of the late Stuart Gilson are to climb Mount Snowdon to raise money in his memory.
The team of five are training for the ascent up the highest mountain in Wales next month.
They will attempt to reach the top of Snowdon, which is 1,085 metres above sea level, on July 14.
Stuart, 21, is believed to have fallen into the River Hull at Drypool Bridge, close to where he was last seen before disappearing on a night out in January.
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Friend Chantel Cooling, who will take on the challenge, said: "Once we make it to the top, we plan to put up a picture of Stuart in his memory.
"He would be so proud. Some of us haven't done anything like this before, so I can imagine he will be watching over us all making sure we keep pushing all the way to the top.
"He was the type of person who kept spirits high with his cheeky smile and sense of humour and supported his close ones, no matter what.
"This is exactly how we intend to support each other to the top."
The team, including friends Damien Brooks, Adam Tutty, Shane Wilson and Chloe Grannell, aim to raise cash to give to Stuart's family.
It may be used to pay for new railings at Drypool Bridge to stop people falling into the water, as well as a plaque in memory of their friend.
So far, sponsors have raised more than £500 for the group which will be given to Stuart's family, who say there is no limit to how much they could raise.
Damien, 22, said: "I had known Stuart for about eight or nine years and he had a close group of friends.
"We will have extended friends and family joining us for the climb and it's a big challenge.
"I'm quite active already and regularly play sports, but we've all been training in our own time.
"We will be buying decent pairs of walking boots and camping out overnight.
"I think Stuart would be pleased with how we have all handled his death and the way we are doing things to better ourselves and others."
Stuart was missing for six weeks before his body was found in the River Humber in January.
The painter and decorator, of Annandale Road, east Hull, disappeared on a night out with friends in the city's Old Town on January 28.
His body was pulled from the river near Brough on March 10.
An inquest into his death is due to take place at Hull Coroners' Court on Monday, July 2.
Chantel said: "Every step will be so worthwhile, knowing the money we raise will help prevent anyone else ever suffering a loss like this due to such tragic circumstances.
"We all miss him so much, especially his best friends. Life hasn't been the same for them without him."