Fourteen trekkers from North Hertfordshire embarked on the Three Peaks challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care last weekend.
Lacing up their hiking boots, volunteers drove the team to Fort William in Scotland, where they prepared for their epic adventure to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales, in 24 hours.
The walkers faced an extreme physical test with a climb of 10,000ft in total across a distance of 23 miles of tough, steep terrain.
Event organiser Richard Harbon said:
“This was an amazing and arduous challenge and I am so proud of each person who took part. The team have been training for numerous months, working through injuries, personal fears and goals, all in support of the Hospice.
Unfortunately we couldn’t avoid harsh weather conditions at times and had four seasons in one day, but despite that and fatigue, the team really pulled together and marched on with great determination, forging great friendships along the way.
We are also so grateful to the volunteers who gave up their weekends to drive our trekkers to each destination. We really couldn’t do things like this without their ongoing dedicated support.”
The trekkers and volunteers who supported the team come from different backgrounds, with some working in palliative care, the Hospice trading company and others wanting to show their support.
Local engineer, Andrew Tidmarsh completed all three mountains in 23 hrs 50 minutes. He said:
“My wife works at the Hospice as a physiotherapist and I know the funding required to provide ongoing services. I wanted to test myself to see if I could raise money whilst also taking on a big challenge like this as well.
The hardest part was the lack of sleep and the fitness levels required to climb up and down the mountains. Nothing can really prepare you for that, despite all the training you do.
I really enjoyed working as part of a team, with people of different ages and fitness levels- it was great to all work together for one main goal.”
The team have raised £20,000, which will help the Hospice to continue to provide vital services to the communities of North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and surrounding towns and villages of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Trekkers included: Becky Bellion, Neil Bye, Nicola Chapman, Natalie Gordon, Lisa Morris, Susannah Parry, Eve Saunders, Jane Scanlon, Tony Szpak, Roger and Caroline Taylor, Andrew Tidmarsh and Mark Tomlin.
Volunteers that helped included: Laurie Dodd, Des Waterfall, Murray Sale, led by GHHC event organisers, Richard Harbon and Jake Amos.
If you would like to take part in any of the Garden House Hospice Care challenge events including an the North Coast 500 Cycle ride through Scotland, contact Richard Harbon on 01462 679540 or CLICK HERE for more information.