Stef tackles three peaks for Age UK
AN AGE UK Cheshire East fundraising manager has completed The Yorkshire 3 Peaks – a trek of 24 miles including an ascent of 5,200ft to help raise awareness of the issue of loneliness.
Stef Underhill, from the charity based at the New Horizons Centre on Henderson Street in Macclesfield, took on the challenge to conquer the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.
These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Stef completed the course in eight hours and 51 minutes.
She said: “We had no idea how long it would take to complete the challenge and it fell on one of the hottest days of the year so far, which made the walk much harder!
“It was a tough nine hours, with only two short breaks, but it was worth it to highlight such an important issue.
“Thank you to everyone who made a generous donation to our charity.
“I’d recommend the challenge to anyone else that enjoys walking; the Yorkshire Dales are such a beautiful part of the country.”
Age UK Cheshire East provides services and support to older people throughout the Cheshire East area and campaigns to achieve positive change.
Among them are services and activities aimed to combat loneliness as the charity believes being lonely should never be an inevitable part of growing older.
If you’d like to embark on a fundraising event for Age UK Cheshire East to help beat loneliness, call 01625 612958 and the fundraising team can support you every step of the way.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway at Age UK Cheshire East in the build-up to the most highly anticipated summertime agricultural show in the North West.
The charity is pulling out all the stops to impress visitors on its stand at this year’s Royal Cheshire Show and wants to encourage the general public to come along and join the fun.
One of the main attractions will be a Lifelinks mobile outreach vehicle delivering free IT sessions, blood pressure checks and advice around health and wellbeing.
Staff will be on board the Lifelinks bus and available to chat to visitors at the event in Knutsford on June 21 and 22.
Lifelinks is a project delivered on behalf of Cheshire East Council as a partnership between Peaks and Plains Housing Trust and Age UK Cheshire East, aimed to help people in the Cheshire East community live life and stay well.
Other features on the stand include tombolas, hand massages, hearing tests, a 60s themed nostalgia game and music, Men in Sheds products and more.
The Age UK Cheshire East stand is located at plot C5 8 and 9, and the charity is urging visitors to take advantage of the free health checks and activities. For more than 175 years, the Cheshire show has been the premier summertime agricultural event in the North West of England.
Earlier this year they reached an exciting milestone when the honour of ‘Royal’ status was bestowed on the show by the Cabinet Office.
●● Stef Underhill at the top of Ingleborough, completing her three peaks