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NHS charity invites you to climb Yorkshire’s Three Peaks to raise money for Bradford hospitals

Find out how you can raise money for hospitals in Bradford by climbing the tallest mountains in the county.

Better Lives charity, which supports Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, is inviting local people from Bradford to sign up for their Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and raise money for the local NHS Trust on Saturday 25 September.

The three peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, are all found in the Yorkshire Dales national park and are the highest in the county. The walk will cover a total of 24.5 miles and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent to be completed within 12 hours. 

The three peaks are all found in the Yorkshire Dales. Image: Karl Moran/ Unsplash.

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.

Participants will need to register for the challenge and are encouraged to get additional sponsors for their walk to raise even more funds for the charity.

Every penny will go directly towards supporting the services that the Care Trust provides, to enhance patient care and go over and above the core facilities it offers.

Catherine Jowitt, charity and volunteer lead at the Trust, said: “We are delighted to be inviting members of the public to tackle this challenge with us. The money events like these raise are so important for going the extra mile for our patients and staff. After a long and challenging year, it’s great to have the chance to give back.”

Every penny raised will go towards the patients and staff across hospitals in Bradford. Image: Garry Butterfield/Unsplash.

“I’ve been walking each of the peaks individually to train for the challenge on the 25 September and I am looking forward to meeting everyone who has signed up to take it on with me!

“In the past, with the generosity of the Muslim Women’s Council, we have funded items such as Qur’an Cubes for our inpatients to use to listen to readings and prayers. In the future, we hope to be able to support even more staff and patients with equipment and projects that go further than the core provision of the NHS.”

To register to take part, the charity asks that people commit to the challenge by covering your registration cost of £35 per person.

To try and raise as much as possible to help support the work of hospitals in Bradford, the charity is aiming for a minimum sponsorship target of £125 each.

The challenge is open to anyone and everyone and will be a scenic walk through the countryside with like-minded members of the community. To find out more and to register email betterlivescharity@bdct.nhs.uk and speak to the Better Lives team.

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