Wet weather for the charity walkers

PeaksKL''Team Carter  L-R: Barry and Laura Whitlam, Dean Hussain, Trevor Allison, Lee Hardie, Katherine Ellison, Mark Ellison, Alison Hogg, Phil Rodgers, Graham Hogg, James Elson and Kristian Keir
PeaksKL''Team Carter L-R: Barry and Laura Whitlam, Dean Hussain, Trevor Allison, Lee Hardie, Katherine Ellison, Mark Ellison, Alison Hogg, Phil Rodgers, Graham Hogg, James Elson and Kristian Keir
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A GROUP of walkers who braved torrential rain for this year’s Peaks Challenge raised almost £5,000 for Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital Charity.

The 12-strong Team Carter were amongst those taking part in the walk from Edale to Torside, conquering the four highest peaks along their route.

The team was led by Barry and Laura Whitlam, whose son Carter was born with a diaphragmatic hernia in July last year.

Barry said: “We had a team of our friends who wanted to give something back to the hospital for all the miracles they performed on Carter.

“None of us expected the challenge to be as hard as it was. At one point we had to cross a river that was up to our knees as all the paths were too dangerous.

“The fact it was so difficult made it all the more rewarding to finish the walk.”

Sean Marven, one of the surgeons that performed Carter’s surgery, also took on the challenge, as well as five governors from the Children’s Hospital.

Barry said of Sean: “We owe him so much and were really touched to hear he was taking part in the challenge.

“Not only is he a magnificent doctor, but he devotes time to raising money for the hospital as well. What an amazing man!”

Simon Athey, fundraiser at the charity, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all the governors and other participants who took on the Peaks Challenge.

“They should all feel extremely proud of themselves for not only completing the walk but helping to make a real difference to our young patients through their fundraising.”

n Test your stamina with a walk through the Peak District to raise money for Bluebell Wood Hospice.

On September 11, the appeal is holding its Chatsworth Challenge 25-mile walk, which has an 11-hour time limit, containing 3500 feet of ascent.

Entry costs £12 with all proceeds to the hospice. Log onto www.thechatsworthchallengewalk.co.uk or call 01909 517 360 to enter.