Mountain trekkers raise nearly £50,000

A trek through the Atlas mountains raised nearly £50,000 for Saint Catherine’s in Scarborough - which is now planning a follow-up.

In September, 33 supporters climbed Mount Toubkal.

At 4,167 metres, it is the highest peak in north Africa and the Arab world.

The fundraisers flew to Marrakech then trekked through a chain of Berber villages to alpine pastures set beneath the backdrop of the Atlas mountains.

Among those taking part were four sisters: Belinda Leppington, Angie Kellett, Jackie Critchett and Cindy Potton.

None of the money raised - £48,980 - went towards travel, accommodation or other expenses associated with the trip.

Hospice fundraiser Rhiannon Hunt said: “We want to say a huge congratulations to our wonderful group of supporters who took on the Atlas mountains. They were tested to their limits and said it was an experience they will never forget”.

The hospice’s fundraising and marketing director, Tracy Calcraft, said: “They trained hard and fundraised for nearly 18 months to complete this challenge and we are astounded by their achievement. They put their heart and soul into the trek and the results are fantastic. We are always overwhelmed by the lengths that people will go to, to support us. This money will go directly towards helping us provide care in people’s homes and at our in-patient unit for the communities across Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale and parts of the East Riding”.

* Not one to rest on its laurels, the hospice is planning its next fundraising trek, in the Canadian Rockies from 22-30 June 2020.

Half the places have already been booked. The registration fee is £350.

Trekkers will be expected to raise at least £2,500 sponsorship.

Fundraising tips and materials are available to help raise the sponsorship; ring Rhiannon on 378406.