Stef tack­les three peaks for Age UK

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY -

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

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