Mountain hike for charities

Tim Hodgson, Dave Haggar, Steve and Cath Connell, Max and Kerry Braham, Mark Bunker, Steve Beach and Lesley Barnes
Tim Hodgson, Dave Haggar, Steve and Cath Connell, Max and Kerry Braham, Mark Bunker, Steve Beach and Lesley Barnes
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THE SKY is the limit for a group of charity champions who scaled one of the highest mountains in Spain.

The nine-strong team spent more than two days hiking in northern Spain, undertaking the gruelling Picos Mountain challenge.

The team consisted of five paramedics, two nurses, a physiotherapist and a police officer.

Those who took part were Tim Hodgson, Dave Haggar, Steve Connell, Cath Connell, Max Braham, Kerry Braham, Mark Bunker, Steve Beach and Lesley Barnes.

It was in aid of St Michael’s Hospice and the Sara Lee Trust.

The team, who underwent the trek on October 1, hope to raise up to £3,000.

Mr Hodgson said: “We covered 34 miles of mountain trekking over around 48 hours climbing to heights of 2,000 metres. It was a tough challenge but the whole team successfully completed it.

“It was huge team effort and involved some of the most amazing scenery we’ve ever seen. It made the pain all worthwhile.

“As the team organiser I am so proud of the whole team and their commitment to fund their own trip and raise thousands for such worthwhile charities.”

The paramedic is the brainwave behind the recent It’s a Knockout event, held in September which raised more than £1,000 for the Sara Lee Trust. He said: “A huge part of the reason why I continue to strive to raise money for cancer related charities, the hospice and the trust is that I grew up watching my mum and dad work so hard to help people suffering with such cruel diseases. Both helped set up the hospice and my dad was the head of fundraising for several years.”