Trekkers take on Three Peaks and raise £10,000 for hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:02 01 September 2019

Trekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

Trekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

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Ten North Herts trekkers took on the Three Peaks challenge in aid of Letchworth-based Garden House Hospice Care.

Trekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareTrekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

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.

Event organiser Richard Harbon said: "This was an amazing and arduous challenge and I am so proud of each person who took part.

Participants left the hospice in Letchworth last weekend to climb the mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareParticipants left the hospice in Letchworth last weekend to climb the mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

"The team have been training for numerous months, working through injuries, personal fears and goals, all in support of the hospice.

"I am absolutely amazed at the commitment of this great group of people in completing this challenge and raising nearly £10,000.

Des Waterfall voluinteered to drive partiipants to each of the three locations. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareDes Waterfall voluinteered to drive partiipants to each of the three locations. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

"We are also so grateful to the volunteers who gave up their weekends to drive our trekkers to each destination and also offer support up the mountains, ensuring our trekkers' journey was safe and enjoyable. We really couldn't do things like this without their ongoing dedicated support."

Des Waterfall was one of the volunteers who drove the participants to each destination.

Participants left the hospice in Letchworth last weekend to climb the mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareParticipants left the hospice in Letchworth last weekend to climb the mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

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He has volunteered for the hospice since losing his wife Chris.

Trekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareTrekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

Last weekend marked the anniversary of her passing.

He said: "I would like to say thank you for making this weekend one to remember at a time for me that could have been difficult.

Trekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareTrekkers took on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Garden House Hospice Care. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

"I am honoured to have helped you all with this tough challenge that will help the hospice continue to do the great work they do for people like Chris and their families.

"You all should be so proud of what you have achieved."

Participants left the hospice in Letchworth last weekend to climb the mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Picture: Garden House Hospice CareParticipants left the hospice in Letchworth last weekend to climb the mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

One trekker said: "It was fantastic and such a lovely group! Brilliant experience and everybody supported each other - that's what makes it so special."

Anyone interested in joining the hospice's Three Peaks Challenge team in 2020 should contact Richard on richard.harbon@ghhospicecare.org.uk or call 01462 679540 for more information.

If trekking isn't your thing, the hospice has a long list of events to choose from.

Go to www.ghhospicecare.org.uk to find out how to get involved.

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