Climbing duo to take on three peaks

Mark Hope and Matt Armistead are climing the three peaks to raise money for Hospice Heroes.
Mark Hope and Matt Armistead are climing the three peaks to raise money for Hospice Heroes.
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These intrepid climbers are taking on a huge endurance challenge to help raise funds for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

Mark Hope and Matt Armistead will take on the three peaks in the UK, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales – all in 24 hours.

Mark, an IT consultant for many of the Fylde Coast’s schools, said: “We know it’s no mean feat and we’ll be walking during the night, but I think it’s achievable with a bit of will power and training.

“We’re both excited about doing it, and I think we’ll come back with a huge sense of achievement on top of the tiredness.”

Mark, 32, and Matt, 26, are already training, going for walks every other weekend and a trial at Snowdon.

Their decision to raise funds for our Hospice Heroes appeal, which is supporting Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice, comes from Mark’s personal experience.

“My wife’s mother passed away five years ago, and she was treated at Trinity,” he said.

“We are expecting a baby this year, and I just thought if I don’t do something now I might not get the chance again to give something back.”

The duo, of Poulton and Wesham, hope to raise £2,000 in their trek, which takes place on May 26 and will be counted towards our £200,000 target.

They will be helped by Matt’s dad Dave, 55, who is giving up his time to be the dedicated driver for the challenge.

They will start at Ben Nevis in the afternoon and are aiming to get up Scafell Pike by 2am the following morning. They hope to have climbed and descended Snowdon 23 hours after setting off.

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Hospice Heroes is helping to pay for a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham.