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Mental health staff to attempt Yorkshire Three Peaks for charity

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A team from the local mental health and learning disabilities trust are lacing up their walking boots to tackle the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Six staff members from the Adult Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) have started training to build up their fitness to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Saturday, 14 September.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km) includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent and takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. To meet the challenge the course should be completed in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


Kerry Vickers, a practitioner in the team said:

“Mental health affects all of us and we never know when we will need to access support. As mental health professionals we are challenging ourselves to push beyond our comfort zones and physical limits to raise funds to give our community support groups and activities, for those experiencing mental health difficulties.

“Activities we would like to help fund include the hearing voices group and bi-polar support group, as well as a craft club. These are extremely beneficial for our service users.

“We appreciate all donations, big or small. Please visit our ‘go fund me’ page.”

The funds will be split between the service user groups in the Grantham and Sleaford areas.

The money raised will go through the Trust’s charity, Charitable Funds. LPFT’s staff and patients regularly fundraise for the Trust’s Charitable Funds; the money is used to enhance services and facilities that would otherwise not be funded by the NHS.

Philip Jackson, Chair of the Trust’s Charitable Funds said:

“It is admirable that staff want to take on such physical challenges for their patients.

“Our charity is here to help the Trust provide the best care possible for our patients.”

The team called, ‘Scrambled legs N achin’ includes Kerry Vickers, Olivia Connors, Trudy Robinson, Adam Grove, Tom Gamble and Elizabeth Mitchell.

Training started earlier this month, with individuals following their own programmes but coming together as a team for a monthly hill walk, in preparation for the big day.

If you would like to donate, please go to cmht-does-the-yorkshire-3-peaks