Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

MORE than 500 peo­ple dug out their walk­ing boots and took to the Chilterns hills for a hos­pice’s an­nual fundraiser chal­lenge.

Some 540 peo­ple took part in Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s sev­enth an­nual Chilterns Three Peaks Chal­lenge on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13.

The event saw in­di­vid­u­als, col­leagues, fam­i­lies, friends and dogs com­ing to­gether to tackle ei­ther a five, nine or 18 mile route along the Ridge­way, start­ing in Princes Ris­bor­ough.

Those choos­ing to do the five mile op­tion walked the first two peaks – White­leaf Cross and Coombe Hill – while the nine and 18 mile par­tic­i­pants were also chal­lenged with the third peak of Iv­inghoe Bea­con.

Among those tak­ing part was John Groves – son of Dr Mary Groves who played an in­stru­men­tal role in set­ting up one of Ren­nie Grove’s found­ing char­i­ties, Grove House.

Mrs Groves saw the need for spe­cial­ist ser­vices to sup­port lo­cal can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and, as a found­ing mem­ber of Grove House, she is now also co- pres­i­dent of Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care.

Mr Groves, who tack­led the 18 mile route with friend David Web­ber, said: “I’m re­ally proud of my mother and of all that she’s achieved. The char­ity is so im­por­tant in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and helps thou­sands of pa­tients and their fam­i­lies each year who are suf­fer­ing from life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses, at no cost to them.”

Also tak­ing part in the 18 mile route were Kelly Peart from Bea­cons­field, her friend Jen­nifer Slade and Xavi the dog.

Ms Peart said: “We’ve taken part in the 18 mile op­tion be­fore, and it’s such a beau­ti­ful route with fan­tas­tic views.”

The chal­lenge also at­tracted many fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing Leilah Bate­man-Rawle and her hus­band Pete from Prest­wood who took part with daugh­ters Zoe, five, and Kiera, seven.

Mrs Bate­man-Rawle said: “Pete took part in the Ashridge Trail Half Marathon for Ren­nie Grove back in June and re­ally en­joyed it, and that’s how we heard about this event. I re­ally en­joy Nordic walk­ing, and we thought this would be a great day out for the fam­ily.”

They were joined by friends Su­san and Kevin Hoy and Ben, seven, from Kings Ash, who also brought along their res­cue dog Sam. Mrs Bate­man-Rawle added: “We ac­tu­ally bumped into each other in the car park. Kiera and Ben know each other from school, but we didn’t re­alise they were tak­ing part too.”

FRIENDS AND FAM­ILY: Top left, Clare Harris (left) from Ha­zle­mere and friends at the start. Top right, Emma Fraser, Saskia Ives and Jo Foster. Above left, Kelly Peart from Bea­cons­field with friend Jen­nifer Slade and Xavi the dog. Above right, Peter and Mathis Ashcroft

FUNDRAISER: Karen Cuth­bert, Steph Rodgers and Lynsey Gold­ing. Inset, Leilah Bate­man-Rawle (right) from Prest­wood and friends and fam­ily. Right, Ren­nie Grove vice-pres­i­dent John Groves and friend David Web­ber

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