What do a group of friends aged between 55 and 73 do during a wet and windy August week? They trek up some of the highest peaks in the UK, of course! To raise money for the physiotherapy programme at the Belarusian Children's Hospice, three Friends of BCH trustees set off with spouses, friends and some family members to undertake the Three Peaks Challenge.
The Lake District provided varying conditions and Snowdon blew a hoolie with vertical rain. As for Ben Nevis, sadly we did not even get there as the weather decided to add two days of thunder and lightning to the mix which is a serious contra-indication for mountain ascents. Given the circumstances, we substituted Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Striding Edge. The conditions were perfect and the views dizzying. Our Sca Fell and Snowdon ascents, however, were done in poor visibility as the photo testifies!
So job done in that Three Peaks were ascended although the lack of the Ben does niggle at the back of the mind. We hope our kind sponsors understand our decision, taken with professional advice, to vary our intended itinerary. We would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors who between them have donated the magnificent sum of almost £8,500.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
We would just like to add, as a footnote, that all costs of the trip were fully covered by the participants themselves.
Daryl Ann Hardman
Deb Hunt, trustee and retired physiotherapist, wrote this report after her recent visit to BCH with Pam Parker, volunteer and children’s palliative physiotherapist.
‘Our second visit to BCH was a short one – two days only. The programme was focused on reviewing the progress of children on the project and seating. Two new chairs, supplied by Friends of BCH following a successful fundraising campaign, had arrived just before we did. We also took over with us four switch toys. These are battery-operated action toys fitted with special pads which, when pressed, activate them. They are excellent for children with special needs whose manual skills are limited.