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Hiking Ben Nevis for Help the Hospices

A total of 93 hikers will be climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for Help the Hospices. Pic by Bernard Blanc.

A total of 93 hikers will be climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for Help the Hospices. Pic by Bernard Blanc.

A fund-raising climb in support of Help the Hospices has attracted several hikers in Lancashire.

A Lancaster banker will be joining the team of 93 to trek up Ben Nevis on September 5.

Ben Sargeant, 25, from Lancaster, who works at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks will be helping to raise their target of more than £60,000 for the charity.

The ‘Trek the Ben’ will last up to eight hours and see the group tackling rough terrain, steep climbs, snowy ground and, finally, crossing the boulder field to the summit cairn.

Other employees who will be taking part are, Karen Wallbank, 50, from Colne, who works as a bank manager for Yorkshire Bank, Gaynor Williams, 41, from Preston, as well as Help the Hospices chief executive, David Praill.

The hikers will be trying to reach the highest point on the British Isles, at 1,343 metres above sea level.

Karen Wallbank said: “It’s great to be setting off to climb Ben Nevis alongside my colleagues for the benefit of an extremely worthwhile cause.

“I have no doubt it will be a fantastic experience and I’m hoping to raise much needed funds for Help the Hospices at the same time. The bank is supporting us by match funding every penny raised which will be a great motivation when the climb becomes physically challenging.”

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have been working in partnership with Help the Hospices for seven years raising more than £3.5 million for the hospice care to date.

Mr Praill, of Help the Hospices, said: “Trek the Ben is a demanding challenge but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm from staff at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.”

Help the Hospices supports people with terminal or life-limiting conditions.

 

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