40km, Three Summits and 3400 Calories (each!) in 9.5 hours!
On Friday 17th May, friends from Ely City Golf Club completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge (Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) together raising over £3,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity who support people in Cambridgeshire living with a life-limiting illness and those who need end-of-life care.
Golfing friends Tim Ashman, Allistair Berry, Karl Mackender, James Smith and Steve Sharp were joined by Steve’s brother-in-law Neil Smith to attempt the challenge, aiming to achieve 24 miles of non-stop hiking in under 12 hours. They managed not only to complete the challenge, but did it in a staggering 9.5 hours.
They wanted to do the hike to fundraise for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, to say thank you for the incredible care given to Hazel Sewell (Neil & Steve’s mother-in-law) last year, Allistair’s father-in-law, Roger Hines, in 2015 and Karl’s mother, Jean Mackender in 1993. They all had a terminal cancer diagnosis, but the care received from the Hospice made a huge difference to everyone, as they looked after both patients and families and created a loving and calm environment. They couldn’t have gone through such a difficult time without their help.
The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity has to secure £8.1 million every year in order to deliver their services free of charge, only half of which comes from statutory sources with the remainder raised by the local community. By raising money, we can help enable others to receive the same care that Hazel, Roger, Jean and their families received.
The team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for the sponsorship and all the messages of support.
Press release from Arthur Rank Hospice