Gruelling challenge for charity

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 are aiming to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – in the space of 24 hours.

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

Simon Gettings, 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.

The team are raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Butterwick House Children’s Hospice, in Bishop Auckland.

Simon, 26, from the Stranton area of town, said: “Everyone is really looking forward to the challenge.

“It will be a massive team effort and we will have to spur each other on.

“At the moment we are doing three to four days of training a week, which includes climbing Roseberry Topping and walking sections of the Cleveland Way.

“We are all trying to build up our stamina and it is important to get the miles in to the legs.”

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.

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Simon, who works for Speckmans Funeral Service, in Front Street, Wingate, 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.”

To help 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 last weekend at the Speckmans Funeral Service, in Wingate.