A team of journalists from a regional daily have raised around £1,500 for their newspaper’s fundraising appeal after completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
The team from Sheffield’s The Star carried out the trek at the weekend to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice, after the paper launched a campaign to support it earlier this year.
The hospice aims to raise £5m to fund a transformation of its inpatient unit and the Star has pledged to raise £100,000 itself over the next two years towards this.
As part of this, a team from the paper, pictured below, took on the challenge on Saturday, which saw them scale the three highest hills in the Yorkshire Dales – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – on a 24.5-mile route.
Johnston Press, which owns the paper, has contributed £250 in sponsorship, while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is MP for Sheffield Hallam, has donated £50.
The team were reporters Ellen Beardmore, Claire Lewis, Polly Rippon and Richard Marsden, plus production journalist Julia Armstrong and artist Simon Waller, who were joined by two friends.
Political reporter Richard, who organised the trek, said: “At the start of last week, we had just £100 in sponsorship and the total has grown phenomenally. It goes to show how much people back what is a very worthy cause.”
The £5m revamp at the hospice, which has already started, aims to create a new inpatient unit with 14 single en-suite rooms and two three-bed bays.
Donations to the team can be made by clicking here.