Walkers conquer Yorkshire Three Peaks for charity
FOUR intrepid walkers have conquered three of Yorkshire's highest peaks in aid of two Grimsby trusts.
Paul Whitaker and Glenn Hinch, who were both born and raised in Grimsby, took on the trek in aid of Hope Street Trust and Mariners' Trust.
They completed the 25-mile route in 11 hours, accompanied by friends Sarah Crilley and Phil Born.
Paul, 43, who works for a mechanical and electrical company, left Grimsby for West Yorkshire 20 years ago, but regularly visits his family in Waltham.
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He said: "We began and finished the walk at the iconic Ribblehead viaduct and decided to do the route anticlockwise, climbing the tallest peak, Whernside, first and then Ingleborough and finally Pen-y-Ghent.
"It was typical Dales weather with heavy rain for two of the three peaks. No matter what it says on the label, waterproof clothing and boots are not waterproof after some eight hours of Dales rain!
"Fortunately, the cloud lifted and the sun shone as we climbed the final peak."
Paul was inspired to fund raise for the Hope Street Trust, which promotes and supports the activities of the Hope Specialist Falls and Respiratory Service, as his mother, Liz, is a patient there.
She is a committee member at the Breathe Easy Group, a support group at Hope Street for people affected by lung conditions, including their friends, family and carers. The Mariners Trust helps supporters of Grimsby Town Football Club to become involved in the future of the club. Recent successes for the Trust include working with the club to achieve a price freeze on season tickets and taking over the management of the bars at Blundell Park.
Paul added: "Despite the training and the fact I go walking in the Dales most weekends, it was a very demanding challenge. It also reminded me how lucky I am to be able to complete such a challenge, as many patients at Hope Street, including my mother, are not so fortunate."
Show your support
To add to Paul's fundraising total, visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/PaulWhitaker3Peaks