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Yorkshire Three Peaks Walkers

20 members of staff climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks to support Hull Hospitals

On 17th September 20 staff members from across Hull University Teaching Hospitals joined us in the Yorkshire Dales for the infamous Yorkshire Three Peaks. To ensure the best experience for our walkers, we teamed up with Kuta Outdoors who guided and assisted everyone along the way, providing an exceptional service. Our fantastic team were raising funds for the enhancement of Hull Hospitals for the benefit of patients, their loved ones, visitors and staff.

The 20 individuals included a consultant, a Radiology Registrar, nurses, lecturers and physiotherapists from across Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital who dedicated much of their time and energy to this challenging hike over the stunning peaks in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Niluk Fernando, a Planning and Reporting Accountant at the Trust told us after the walk: “It was breath-taking! The aches and pains go away once you see those views. I would do it again!” He went on to say: “You know there is a team of friendly people to support you from start to end from organising the fundraising pages to providing specialist support on the day of the walk if things don’t go to plan.”

When asked about his favourite part of the day, Simon Stapley, a Consultant working in Elderly Medicine answered: “The best part of the day was the view from the final peak. Seeing the sun reflecting off of the water at Morecombe bay was magical and made that final climb really worth the effort.” Simon and fellow HUTH Harriers member Monicah Oakley ran the majority of the route, starting the day three hours after the walkers set off.

Ellie Cockerill, a Clinical Lead Physiotherapist and Lecturer in Physiotherapy, wanted to share her advice for next year’s walkers: “Make sure you do it in a group! The others were amazing and I genuinely don’t think I’d have made it round on my own.” Ellie added: “We wanted to support WISHH as thanks for all the support in the pandemic. It really helped get us through some tough times! The walk was really hard but so rewarding! A great challenge to do for a great charity.

Prior to the event we were gifted food, including cereal bars and bananas, from our friends at Asda Kingswood. These were handed out to the walkers at checkpoints throughout the day as we waited to greet and encourage them as they came down from the first two peaks.

Abby Wardill, of the WISHH Charity said: “On behalf of WISHH I’d like to say a big thank you to the entire team who committed themselves to such a huge challenge to help us fund enhancements across the hospitals. It was an incredible day, the sun was shining, and we couldn’t have been prouder of each of you! And thank you to the friends and families of our walkers who supported and encouraged them along the way – we know how important that was!”

You can support our fantastic walkers on Just Giving, here.