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Charity Trek from Patterdale to Leeds

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Patterdale Hall Manager Tim Taylor and his colleague Sean Duffy have spent four days travelling more than 100 miles through bleak and blustery conditions. The pair are raising money for St Gemma’s Hospice, a charity based in Leeds providing specialist care for those with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

They were inspired to complete a trail marathon for charity in honour of their ‘good mate and fellow adventurer’ Dave, who in recent years was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and is now being looked after by the Hospice. Dave visited Patterdale Hall for many years, bringing BTEC course students from Bude Haven School for expeditions.

Undaunted by poor weather conditions, Tim and Sean set out from Patterdale Hall at 6.00am on Saturday 1 February. They have been walking between 22 and 30 miles each day since then, taking ‘the long way round’ to avoid the tops and stay safe in the wind and rain. The trek has taken them through parts of the Lake District National Park, Howgill Hills and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Tim said: ‘Though this is not work for us, we have had amazing support from the Bolton School wider family, including hospitality from Governor Charles Cowling and his wife Becky along the route.’

Despite blisters and stiff legs, freezing cold and soaking rain, the duo are scheduled to reach the end of their journey in Leeds today (Tuesday 4 February). At the finish line, they will have walked 108 miles in just four days.

The JustGiving page set up for the walk has already raised more than £2,500 and there is still time to donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/timandsean40n60

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