One down, two to go for heroic mountain team
EXTREME walkers reached the peak of heroic efforts on a marathon trek.
Having conquered Ben Nevis in the Highlands of Scotland – the highest mountain in the UK – the party of walkers were today making their way up Sca Fell in the Lake District before moving on to Snowdon in Wales.
Shoreline officer Lyndsey Downes, 27, and her friend, Gemma McQuillan, 29, who works at B&Q in Grimsby, are taking part in the 26-mile Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Help For Heroes in support of troops serving abroad.
They have been joined by friends Marc Braterman, 27, and Chris Starling both from London.
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Former Grimsby police officer Keith Appleton, 54, his walking mate Paul Woods, 57, a chiropractor, and 23-year-old interior designer Jodie Johnson are also taking part to support other charities. Jodie is raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society as both her mother and a cousin suffer from the disease.
The adventurers were taken on the journey to the three peaks by Nick Ingoldby of PG Ingoldby & Sons Ltd, Market Place, Tetney.
Lyndsey and Gemma raised £1,000 for Help For Heroes with a walk last year and aimed to beat their total this year with the challenge.
Lyndsey said: "I only got into walking as a family friend died just over a year ago, and raised so much money at his funeral for Help for Heroes. I was inspired to join Gemma on a walk and before we knew it we had a little gang.
"Myself and Gemma keep our horses together and we do a lot of long distance riding to generally stay fit. We have a mega passion for it and since we met a few years ago we've started walking together. Keith and his friends are members of the Grimsby Masonic Hall and similarly share a passion for walking."
They will be raising money for masonic charities and St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby.
Lyndsey and Gemma chose Help For Heroes as Gemma's brother David is in the army serving in The King's Troop.
Gemma will also walk the length of Hadrian's Wall in August for the troops' charity.
The group can be sponsored at www.bmycharity.com/gemmaandlyndsey2012 or supporters can sponsor the group for the St Andrew's Hospice appeal by going to http:/www.justgiving.com/Paul-Woods1