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Herald Angels rise to Three Peaks challenge
9:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Manorlands Hospice has received a cheque for more than £2,500 from a group of determined fundraisers who completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk.
The cash was collected by the Herald Angels – comprising Louise Head, Gemma Aldersley and Laura Moon, who works in the advertising department of the Craven Herald. They have been raising money for Sue Ryder Manorlands in memory of Louise’s father, Peter, who was cared for at Manorlands for two weeks.
Peter died from cancer in February and Louise had wanted to do something to repay the Oxenhope-based hospice for the support it gave to her family.
“Everyone at Manorlands was absolutely fantastic, not only with my father but with the whole family,” said Louise, who lives in Skipton. “We were already going through a lot as a family, and without the care and support that Manorlands provided I don’t know how we would have managed.”
Louise and her work colleagues carried out the demanding walk on June 8, despite the fact that Gemma had two broken bones at the time. Gemma had fallen at her home in Gargrave on the morning of the walk and suffered a broken right hand and left arm.
Following the successful but painful 11-hour trek she went to Airedale Hospital and later had surgery to insert pins in her arm.
Louise said: “Me and Laura both think Gemma is a trooper for doing the walk – she should have been in hospital!
“I want to thank everyone who supported and sponsored us, including my stepmum Trish and my dad’s friends at Systagenix, which is where he worked for more than 20 years.”
Peter, who was 66, grew up in Embsay and lived in Skipton.
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