A top donation

A NURSING home’s residents fund has received a major boost thanks to the incredible efforts of three fit fundraisers.

Mick Ludgate presented more than £700 to Dinsdale Lodge Nursing Home in Seaton Carew after he and two pals completed a gruelling three mountain challenge in the summer.

He and friends Karl Edwards, 56, and Dale Colclough, 52, climbed and cycled to the UK’s three highest peaks in less than 70 hours.

Mick, 62, who lives in Billingham, decided to give a slice of the money they raised to Dinsdale Lodge where his mum Frances Ludgate, 83, is a resident.

He said: “The weather was terrible, but we finished what we set out to do.

“There was a lot of rain, but we got through it ok.

“We wanted to do something for Dinsdale Lodge as well as the other charities we were supporting.

“It will help to pay for social activities and day trips for the residents and every little helps.”

The welcome donation will help to stage a party with a singer at the home on Station Lane.

It will also fund a Christmas party at Seaton Carew Methodist Church and presents.

Donna Robinson, activities co-ordinator at Dinsdale Lodge, said: “It is brilliant how much they gave us.

“We didn’t expect to receive so much, they did really well. It is much appreciated.”

Mick, Karl and Dale scaled 11,000ft to climb to the top of Mount Snowdon, in Wales. Scafell, in the Lake District and Ben Nevis, in Scotland over three days in July.

But they also pedalled more than 700 miles in between, raising around £3,500 for four deserving causes.

Along, with Dinsdale Lodge, Hartlepool and District Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Society and Patterdale Mountain Rescue each received £777.

Mick and Karl have competed for more than 25 years since meeting at Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers. And Dale, of Stoke and has completed various events including marathons and 100-mile races.