The Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge, a 16 mile walk around scenic Charnwood organised by Charity Link, has helped to raise over £11,000 to provide essential items to local families who are struggling during the cost of living crisis.
120 challengers took on the charity walk – which includes the peaks of Bardon Hill, Old John in Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill – on Sunday 18th September. The event started and finished in the grounds of Bawdon Lodge Farm, a Nanpantan-based gift and coffee shop which has supported Charity Link for a number of years.
Participants raised funds to support Charity Link’s work helping people in hardship and crisis across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. The money will provide essential items including clothing, beds, cookers, fridges and in emergencies help with food and utilities.
First across the finish-line was Peter Armstrong who completed the course in two hours eleven minutes, a new event record. Peter was part of a 35 strong team of colleagues from Aggregate Industries who also hosted a refreshment point close to Bardon Hill for those taking part. The majority of other challengers – including teams from local businesses and groups of family and friends – completed the course in under seven hours.
Susan McEniff, CEO of Charity Link says: “During these extremely tough times when we are seeing a huge increase in the number of people needing our help whilst it becomes even more difficult to raise funds, we are delighted that so many local people gave up their Sunday to come together to take on the Leicestershire 3 Peaks. They have raised an incredible amount and this will ensure that many more local people in need have the basic essentials in life that we all deserve”.
Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge was launched in 2016 and runs annually each September to support the charity’s work. For more information visit www.charity-link.org or call 0116 222 2200.