INTREPID journalists and production staff from The Star are heading on a mammoth trek in aid of the £5 million appeal to rebuild St Luke’s Hospice and appealing for your support.
The team will be tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest hills in the county, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales.
Journalists Ellen Beardmore, Claire Lewis, Polly Rippon and Richard Marsden, plus production staff Julia Armstrong and Simon Waller, are heading north to take on the 24.5 mile challenge next Saturday, which involves steep climbs and must be completed within 12 hours.
Richard, The Star’s political reporter, said: “St Luke’s is a very deserving appeal and we decided it would be a great idea to help raise some money towards the project.
“We are now in training for the adventure and appealing for readers to help us with sponsorship, all of which will be donated to help this worthwhile cause.”
Some of the team are experienced walkers but for others it will be a wholly new experience - however, they are willing to give their all.
The walk is one of a number of fundraising events for the St Luke’s Hospice Appeal supported by The Star.
The newspaper is also entering a team in an It’s a Knockout contest being held at the HSBC Sports Ground, in Dore, on September 9.
St Luke’s £5 million project aims to create a new In Patient Unit with 14 single en suite rooms and two three-bed bays, again with en suite facilities.
Some £1.6 million has already been raised, with half a million also provided from the hospice’s cash reserves - and The Star has pledged to raise £100,000 over the next two years.
Meanwhile, law firm DLA Piper’s Sir Nigel Knowles is aiming to raise £1 million from contacts. To sponsor The Star team, visit www.justgiving.com/StarTrek1