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Supporters raise £2,595 for Autistic Community Projects

A mix of staff working for Care Plus Group, Navigo and Faraway came together to raise funds for local projects that support autistic people in North East Lincolnshire.

On April 1st, 14 courageous hikers laced up their boots, filled up on snacks and grabbed their trusty hiking poles to attempt the renowned Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The challenge saw them hike across the highest points of Yorkshire’s mountains; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - in that order.

Hikers – (from left to right) Jon, Fay, Jackie, Claire, Katja, Erica, Laurie, Steve, Harry the Haddock, Stella, Laura, Fran, Tina, Andy.

Along the way, they were supported by Jayne and Julie in a van, to keep them going strong with some cheesy toasties and light nibbles to regain their stamina.

Pen-y-ghent was a steep walk where they needed to do some hand-on clambering to get to the top.

Whernside, being one of the longest parts of the challenge also saw them reaching the highest point of the three peaks.

And finally, Ingleborough, the second highest and most popular for tourists.

Though there were a few casualties along the way that left two hikers unable to finish last leg of the hike. Most made it back to the lodge with nothing but a pair of limp legs and strong determination. All were given a hero’s welcome upon returning, followed by hearty portions of ‘pub-grub’.

Long before they even took to the trail, they had hit their target goal of £2,000. With this in mind, let’s not forget the heroes who donated along the way. The members and staff of Faraway wish you a great big thank you.

We are also pleased to announce that Harry the Haddock made his way across all three Peaks to the delight of other hikers on the trail!

Steve Sylvan, Specialist Therapist for Care Plus Group’s Adult Autism Services, was asked about his experience on the hike. He said:

“My role was to ensure everyone completed what they could do safely. I am immensely proud of everyone who took part. Every single person challenged themselves beyond anything they’d done before. I’m so chuffed with their achievements. It was a great day, with a great team.
“I’m ready to go again…but under 9 hours this time!”

Laura Beckett, Clinical Team Secretary for Navigo’s ADHD Services, commented on the fundraiser. She said:

“It was such an amazing experience, with such an incredible, intrepid team. My favourite part overall was conquering Pen-Y-Ghent. I have done this climb before when I was younger but was always so scared of doing it again due to vertigo.
“Coming off the climb knowing I’d done it, was the best feeling ever! The hike was physically and at times mentally challenging, but I left with such a buzz afterwards I can’t wait for the next expedition.”

Andy Ross, PBS Practitioner for the Forensic Outreach Liaison Service, commented:

“My knee really hurt but I am always glad to support the Faraway in any way possible. It’s a great charity that does so much fantastic work.”

It’s not too late to donate to the Three Peaks Fundraiser and support your local autistic community!

Check out our pictures from the challenge below

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