Braving the heights to help hospice

Charity climbers: Sue Connor, Jackie Andrews, Jane Sutton, Peter  Doherty, Tony Byrne and Rebecca Reeves.
Charity climbers: Sue Connor, Jackie Andrews, Jane Sutton, Peter Doherty, Tony Byrne and Rebecca Reeves.
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This group of brave men and women scaled new heights in the name of charity at the weekend.

Peter Doherty, manager at the Bispham Hotel, took five of his customers on a trek up The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to raise more than £1,000 for Hospice Heroes.

Mr Doherty said: “The wind was 35mph and it was raining, so we couldn’t have asked for worse conditions, but the Pleasure Beach staff were excellent and it was really well organised.

“It was very daunting going up there. There’s lots of steps and when you see the lights to keep the aircraft away you realise how high you are, but it was well worth doing it for a good cause.”

Once collected, the money will be counted towards The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal and bosses at The Bispham Hotel on Red Bank Road are keen to do more charity events for Hospice Heroes.

Peter’s partner, Diane McDonald, said: “Anytime we do anything at the hotel it’s for Trinity and Brian House and would be great to do it through The Gazette’s appeal.

“We’ve been here three and a half years now and fund-raising has been for Trinity even before then.

“I think a lot of people support the hospice because it’s local.

“Trinity is on our doorstep so people know about it.

“I’ll admit I didn’t know much about it before we got here but now I’ve been shown around and know more about it.”

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.