Hikers’ charity push

Fundraisers(left to right) Andy Swan, Brian Cairns, Tracey Warrior, Terry Mc Cormack, Ian Kettlewell and Simon Gettings.
Fundraisers(left to right) Andy Swan, Brian Cairns, Tracey Warrior, Terry Mc Cormack, Ian Kettlewell and Simon Gettings.

A DEDICATED team of charity hikers who aim to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales have organised a series of events to boost their fundraising drive.

The team will tackle the Three Peaks challenge – which includes Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in the space of 24 hours at the end of August in a bid to raise £10,000 for two good causes.

Simon Gettings, 26, Terry McCormack, 18, from the King Oswy area of Hartlepool, Ian Kettlewell, 23, who lives off Oxford Road, and Andy Swan, 25, from the Elwick Road area, are taking part.

Tracey Warrior, 41, from Darlington, her son Luke Warrior, 21, from Carlisle, and Brian Cairns, 50, from east Durham, make up the team.

As previously reported, the team are raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Butterwick House Children’s Hospice, in Stockton.

Now in a bid to boost their fundraising, a series of events have been arranged.

On Thursday, August 11, there will be a coffee morning, tombola and table top sale at St Matthew’s Community Centre, in Elwick Road, between 10am-1pm.

There will also be a karaoke night at The Causeway pub, in Stranton, on Friday, August 12, from 7.30pm.

The group has also managed to raise £128 from a charity car wash, held recently at Speckmans Funeral Service, in Wingate.

Simon, who works for the funeral service, said: “We have all had family members and friends affected by cancer so that is why we are raising money for these two causes.

“We are all raring to go,” added Simon from the Stranton area of town.

The challenge will see the group head to Ben Nevis, in Scotland, on Tuesday, August 30, were they will be starting their challenge at 5pm.

They hope to complete the first mountain within five hours before driving through the night to Scafell Pike, in the Lake District.

The second climb starts at 4am and they hope to have completed the second mountain within four hours before making their way to Snowdon, in Wales.

The team will then begin the four-hour climb to the summit and back on the evening of Wednesday, August 31.

In total the team will be driving for 11 hours and climbing for 13 hours.

To sponsor the team log on to www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and follow the link on the story.