By Ninder Kaur
A team of forty-four colleagues from Yorkshire Building Society Group will be heading north to take on one of the country’s most challenging walks in aid of Marie Curie.
The group are participating in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge this Saturday on 26 September
2015, which will see them walk 26 miles and scale the three highest mountains in Yorkshire – Pen-y-Ghent (691m), Whernside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m).
They are undertaking the challenge for the Society’s Hour of Need campaign – which will enable Marie Curie Nurses to provide even more vital support for people living with a terminal illness and their families across the UK.
One of the participants taking on the challenge is Carol Fernie, 36, who is walking in memory of her mum, Sharon Burnell.
Sharon was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and spent time at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford until she sadly died in 2011.
Carol, service delivery manager for the Society, said: “I wanted to take part in the challenge as I have never done anything like this before. When my mum was in the hospice during her final days we knew she would have 24 hour support from the Marie Curie Nurses and they provided exceptional care in her time there.
“The service that Marie Curie gave us as a family was excellent and even after my mum had passed they provided us with bereavement support to help us through such a difficult time.
“I’m hoping to complete the three peaks within 12 hours. The training has been hard going at times but when I think of the work that Marie Curie Nurses have to do every day it is extra motivation to get the walking shoes on.”
The Society is aiming to raise £500,000 by December 2016, which equates to funding an hour of care by a Marie Curie Nurse for every hour of the campaign. Every £20 raised from the campaign will fund one hour of care.
To make a donation in support of the Hour of Need campaign, then please visit www.justgiving.com/hourofneed