Local charity Climbing Out has raised £6,500 with a fundraising hike in the Lake District - the group took on eight peaks in the Langdale Peaks Challenge.
An intrepid group beat off atrocious weather conditions to tackle eight peaks in a circuit of the Lake District's Langdale Valley, raising £6,500 for Shropshire based charity Climbing Out.
The hike was led by Climbing Out instructors and charity founder and para-adventurer Kelda Wood MBE, who became the first para rower to solo row the Atlantic Ocean in 2019. The former GB paracanoe athlete has dedicated her life to inspiring and motivating others. The outdoor activity programmes at Climbing Out help rebuild confidence and self esteem in people facing serious obstacles in their lives.
Previous fundraising challenges have included climbing Snowdon, the Three Peaks Challenge, The Peak District Challenge, The North Wales Ridge Challenge, and walking a section of Hadrian's Wall.
The funds raised will go towards the charity’s five day residential programmes that combine outdoor activities and mental resilience coaching. They work with adults who have had their lives derailed by an injury or illness, or PTSD or anxiety linked to a traumatic event, helping participants to take control of their mindset to move forward in their lives again.
Charity founder, Kelda Wood MBE, said, “Despite some atrocious weather causing poor visibility, we managed to complete our epic challenge - and boy was it a challenge! The conditions made it an opportunity to triumph over adversity, giving the group a well earned sense of accomplishment at the end. Despite the weather the group, who were made up of past participants and supporters of Climbing Out, didn’t stop chatting and smiling the whole day.
“Thank you to everyone who took part and all the people who donated to the hikers. The sum raised will help us to keep changing lives in 2024.”
The Climbing Out Fundraising Hike returns in 2024 on October 5th. Kelda adds, “Next year we’ll be tackling the Castle to Castle Coastal Challenge and we'd love you to get involved! We'll be walking from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle along the Northumbrian Coastline. It will be another brilliant day out, stretching comfort zones, taking in amazing sights, and spending time with a great group of people.
“There will be 3 different routes to choose from, depending on your level of fitness. We will share the registration form in due course, just keep a look out on our social media channels.”
For more information on Climbing Out visit climbingout.org.uk