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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Three fundraisers have conquered a trio of mountains in aid of St Francis Hospice.
David Holmes, Louise Orchard and Les Pyle raised more than £1,600 for the Havering-atte-Bower charity after undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge.
David and Louise completed the task last month, while Les finished it in May.
Les, of Romford, signed up because his father-in-law was a day patient at the hospice before he died of lung cancer in 2006.
He said: “It was the most mentally and physically draining challenge I have undertaken – but the most self-satisfying.”
Participants climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peaks.
Keen walkers Louise and David signed up because the latter works for the hospice.
The couple met while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010.
David said: “After hearing stories about the difference our services make, we felt moved to support the hospice.”
n Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/louise-orchard1.