Park Ranger from Sheffield takes on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Armed Forces charity.

A park ranger from Sheffield is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of an Armed Forces charity.
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Jay Roebuck, aged 23, of Littledale, hopes to complete the challenge this July in aid of SSAFA, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

SSAFA is a charity that provides lifelong support to serving men, women, and veterans from the British Armed Forces, and their families or dependants.

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It was founded in 1885 by Major James Gildea, some time before the Royal British Legion which was founded in 1921.

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Three Peaks Challenge training session Jay Roebuck

SSAFA is a little known armed forces charity in civilian circles, but well known to the military and their families.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

It covers just over 24 miles and Jay aims to finish it all in under 12 hours.

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He said: “It is going to be tough, I need some training. I know about SSAFA because I did graphic design at university and I picked it as my charity to create a poster for as part of a project.

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Jay Roebuck

“I’m quite into the RAF and my grandad was into the RAF so I thought I’ll do one for an armed forces charity.”

Jay is hoping people will help him “smash” his fundraising target of £150 and he is already very close.

He has also organised a raffle for two Sheffield United tickets which the club kindly donated.

Jay, who works in Rotherham, added: “All my family are coming – they fancied the challenge.”