Hospice heads west for second overseas challenge

At least five people have already signed up for the second overseas challenge in aid of Saint Catherine’s in Scarborough.

The expedition, in the Canadian Rockies in June next year, will be led by Tracy Calcraft of the hospice’s fundraising team and Tina Gale, a nurse.

They will help a group of supporters on their fundraising journey, bringing them together as a team.

Tracy and Tina say: “We will ensure everyone has the best experience possible. This is a big personal challenge for us as well”.

The intrepid group will include Debbie Hilton and Leigh Brand, who were the first to sign up for the trek in October, after seeing the success of the Atlas mountain challenge; 33 people raised £48,980 for patient care.

The friends have begun training and fundraising for the trek. They say: “We have never done anything like this before. It is an opportunity to challenge ourselves physically and mentally”.

They organised two Christmas fairs and are planning a race night at the Rugby Club on 6 April and an afternoon tea later in the year.

They will be joined by James Ellis, who will do the trek in memory of someone who was dear to him, who died in the hospice.

He says: “My wife's nan was taken from us in 2011. She was a wonderfully gentle, kind and loving person and played a large part in our lives.

“It’s only during those dark and difficult times that you truly realise what an amazing charity Saint Catherine's is, and what a fantastic service they provide for the local community. Since the day Irene died, I have always supported them in any way I can.

“With this epic walk, I'm determined to try and create my own positive story, remember Irene and help the hospice. I hope this journey will help pay them back in some way”.

* To take part, ring 378406.