Climbing book anchors cash for Sheffield charity

Phil Kelly, who has written the second edition of Peak Rock with Graham Hoey, has donated 50 per cent of the book's royalities to the Make it Better appeal
Phil Kelly, who has written the second edition of Peak Rock with Graham Hoey, has donated 50 per cent of the book's royalities to the Make it Better appeal
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Writers of a climbing book have scaled to great fundraising heights to help Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Make it Better appeal.

Phil Kelly and Graham Hoey, from Sheffield, have spent the past few years completing and publishing ‘Peak Rock’, the most comprehensive book on the history of Peak District climbing since the 1960s.

The Peak Rock project began in the 1980s by local climber, Giles Barker, who sadly died in a caving accident in the early 1990s, leaving the book unpublished until Phil and Giles’ family agreed to complete it and bring it up to date.

Two-thousand copies of the second edition of Peak Rock have been sold across Sheffield and the Peak District, with 50 per cent of royalties generously donated to the children’s hospital where Phil’s step-daughter, Abbi, is treated for scoliosis.

Phil said: “Saying thank you will never be enough for all the doctors and nurses have done for Abbi during the time we have lived in Sheffield, and so my family has raised money for the children’s hospital charity ever since.”

The Make it Better appeal will be transform the children’s hospital with the addition of private rooms with ensuite facilities.