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Regional daily team set to hit the heights

An intrepid team of regional newspaper journalists are to tackle the UK’s three highest mountains in a bid to raise cash for a hospice on their patch.

Ten staff from the Hull Daily Mail, including editor John Meehan and his deputy Paul Hartley, will take on the Three Peaks Challenge on 10 June.

The team will attempt to reach the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales respectively – in the space of 24 hours.

They are aiming to raise around £5,000 towards the Mail’s charity of the year, Dove House Hospice’s Love You 2 Appeal, which is bidding to raise £2.5m for additional facilities,

The Hull Daily Mail team plan their route

Crime Reporter Adam Lovell, whose idea it was to attempt the challenge, said: “We are supporting the Love You 2 appeal across two years as part of the Mail’s 125th anniversary.

“We want to help create a lasting legacy and the Love You 2 appeal fits the bill perfectly. I’m looking forward to the challenge. We’ve got a great team and will really push ourselves to achieve our goal.”

John Meehan added:  “The support has been exceptional. I would like to thank everyone who has donated. Their contributions will spur us on during the arduous climbs.”

Other team members are: Design Editor Ian Bond, Retail Sales Development Manager Pete Barnatt, Business Editor Catherine Lea, Education Reporter Katie Knass, News Reporters Kevin Shoesmith and Danny Longhorn and Production Journalist Kate Dance.

The challenge involves a total of 3,407m of ascent and 22 miles of walking. In total, they will travel almost 500 miles.

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