A team of 21 passionate supporters recently took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to help us raise money. They completed the 26-mile hike, featuring 5,000 feet of vertical ascent and three peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside, all in just 11 hours. Their dedication paid off, as they raised an impressive £7,000. This generous donation will go towards purchasing essential equipment for local neonatal units, benefitting the care of newborns in the community.
Leading the team was local Hungerford man Geordie Taylor. ‘I led a team in the National Three Peaks in July’ said Geordie. ‘I experienced hyperthermia twice during that challenge. I definitely would not take on that particular challenge again but when I found out there was a Yorkshire Three Peaks, I was ready to go! We set off in the darkness at 0630 and returned in the darkness at 1730. The best way I can describe the weekend was of 21 strangers, most from Hungerford, meeting up, completing an 11-hour walk, and celebrating together in the wonderful Station Inn at Ribblehead Viaduct where the hospitality was second to none. The amount we raised is brilliant and I would personally l like to thank everyone who donated, including a runner I met in my local pub!’
The team could not have completed the challenge without the tremendous support from Kevin Haynes who drove the support vehicle and made sure everyone had hot snacks and dry clothes along the way.
New Life CEO and Founder, Trevor Goodall said ‘I am blown away by the amount of money raised by the team and their supporters. Thank you to everyone who donated via our Justgiving link. This is a serious amount of money which will help us buy one more incubator, criticool machine or ventilator for a neonatal unit. With over 100,000 babies born prematurely in the UK each year, neonatal units across the UK need as much help as they can and providing lifesaving equipment will mean more of these tiny babies are given the best possible start in life.’