Peaks chal­lenge is boost for hos­pice

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

DOZENS of intrepid walk­ers pulled on their boots to par­tic­i­pate in a spon­sored walk tak­ing in the fa­mous Cheshire Three Peaks of Mac­cles­field.

More than 130 peo­ple took part in the event to help raise funds for Manch­ester based Fran­cis House Chil­dren’s Hos­pice. Teams of lo­cal busi­nesses, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als tack­led the 13.75 mile route around Mac­cles­field For­est, Tegg’s Nose, Shut­lingsloe and Shin­ing Tor.

Or­gan­is­ers Fran­cis House planned the walk along with a shorter 6.4 mile route around Mac­cles­field For­est, with the help of Neil Astill, a man­ager at RBS Group Plc and an ex­pe­ri­enced hill walker.

The Cat and Fid­dle, Bux­ton Road, pro­vided ba­con butties at a sched­uled stop roughly half way around the course.

Among those tak­ing part were a group of trekkers des­tined for Morocco. The party of 14 used the walk as train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for a five­day trek later in the year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fran­cis House, David Ire­land, was amongst those com­plet­ing the route in un­der six hours.

David said: “It’s quite a chal­leng­ing walk but with blue skies and spec­tac­u­lar coun­try­side it’s been fan­tas­tic.

“We are de­lighted so many peo­ple came and sup­ported our hos­pice, and for my­self and fel­low trekkers it has been a great op­por­tu­nity to get to know one another be­fore our jour­ney through the High At­las moun­tain passes of Morocco in Oc­to­ber.”

Fran­cis House Chil­dren’s Hos­pice pro­vides respite care for chil­dren and young peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions and the nec­es­sary sup­port and short-term rest for their fam­i­lies.

The hos­pice sup­ports fam­i­lies from all across the North West.

All ser­vices are given com­pletely free and by far the largest part of fund­ing comes through char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions.

The event has raised £9,404 to date, and is on tar­get to ex­ceed the equiv­a­lent of run­ning the hos­pice for one day which amounts to £9,863.

Karen Wright

●● Some of the walk­ers at the sum­mit of one of Cheshire’s Three Peaks

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