We're always happy to feature guest blogs and here's one from Freeths Stoke, in the words of Rachel Clements, telling the story of their epic fund-raising walk round Edale in the Peak District, in aid of the Donna Louise Trust
At 5:45am on Saturday 23rd June, we set off on the road to Castleton to meet the rest of our team from Freeths, Strategi Solutions Group Limited and The Donna Louise. After a quick stop for bacon butties and a photo opp, we were off!
The challenge route is over 20 miles and as the name suggests, it's quite a challenge! The route is Castleton – Lose Hill – Back Tor – Hollins Cross – Mam Tor – Rushup Edge – Brown Knoll – the Vale of Edale – Hope.
Our first hill to conquer was Lose Hill, which we managed with relative ease… although there were some rosy faces when we reached the top! We took a brief rest to take in the fabulous views on this clear, sunny day, before setting off again along the ridge to Hollins Cross and on to Mam Tor.
We managed to stay together as a group for the first 9 miles, but spread out along the walk from Mam Tor to Brown Knoll. We eventually reached the end of the path and decided to stop for a water break and some Peak District trivia from our ranger.
After walking a couple of miles along the Vale of Edale, taking in the amazing views, we eventually stopped for lunch. It was then that some of us removed our shoes to reveal the state that our feet were in… sore and blistered with 7 miles still to go! Nevertheless, we soldiered on along the Vale and began our descent.
With roughly 5 miles to go, near Hope Cross, we stopped to look back at the skyline we had walked. The epic view made us all feel more determined than ever to get to the finish line (and in some cases, the pub)!
21.8 miles, 9.15 hours, one broken toe and many blisters later, we arrived at the pub ready to celebrate our achievement!
We were very proud to have raised £2,117.50 for The Donna Louise. This will help fund the running of their new young adult facility and enable the hospice to continue to provide their amazing services to children, young people and their families all across Staffordshire and Cheshire. Thank you for all of the support and words of encouragement that we have had from the many donations received!