WALKERS are being called upon to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and raise vital funds for Martin House Hospice.

The charity is holding its first fundraising walk of the peaks on Saturday, June 23, taking in Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent.

The 24-mile route takes 10 to12 hours to complete, and a team of experienced mountain guides will be on hand to help walkers.

Ellie Barker, event fundraiser at Martin House, said: “This is an exciting challenge, which gives people the chance to take in some of Yorkshire’s most breath-taking scenery, while raising vital funds for Martin House.

“It costs us £8 million a year to support families, so every penny raised makes a huge difference. Coming to Martin House offers a break to families, a chance to spend time together and enjoy activities which help them to make precious memories.”

Martin House cares for children and young people with life limiting conditions, from across West, North and East Yorkshire, providing care at its hospice as well as in their own homes.

Entry to the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge costs £30 and walkers are asked to raise a minimum of £125 in sponsorship. There are places for up to 200 walkers, who must be aged 18 or over.

The walk starts at 7am, and will be self-led, with guides along the route to make sure people stay on track. There will also be three stop stations, offering drinks and refreshments to walkers on the way.

Martin House is working with KUTA Outdoor and walkers who sign up can take part in up to three of its practice walks in the run up to the event. To sign up and for more details visit the website: martinhouse.org.uk/Our-Events/All-Events/Yorkshire-Three-Peaks or email events@martinhouse.org.uk.