Words and photo by Dave Barry
Two events should raise thousands of pounds for Saint Catherine’s in Scarborough this year.
In September, around 40 supporters will climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco.
At 4,167 metres, it is the highest peak in north Africa and the Arab world.
The fundraisers will fly to Marrakesh then trek through a chain of Berber villages to alpine pastures set beneath the backdrop of the Atlas mountains.
Among those taking part are the hospice’s fundraising and marketing director, Tracy Calcraft, and four sisters: Belinda Leppington, Angie Kellett, Jackie Critchett and Cindy Potton.
To raise sponsorship for taking on the trek, supporters are organising a themed fundraiser called Arabian Nights on Friday 2 March at the Rugby Club.
Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and dance the night away to music from the Rich Adams Trio.
Tickets cost £35 per person with tables of 10. The dress code is formal.
None of the money raised goes towards travel, accommodation or other expenses associated with the trip.
A little closer to home, the Scampston Scramble will be staged in the grounds of Scampston Hall, near Rillington, on Sunday 13 May.
Adults of all abilities will wriggle under, dive over and splash through a fun-filled 5km obstacle course.
Fundraiser Rhiannon Hunt said: “We are very excited about our new event this year. The response so far has been fantastic. The Scampston Scramble is not like any event that we have put on so far”.