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Walkers take to the Chiltern Hills
A SPONSORED walk up and down the Chiltern Hills hopes to raise £50,000 for a hospice charity.
More than 550 people took part in the Chilterns Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
It is the fifth year for the popular event and to date has raised more than £300,000.
Walkers have a choice of completing either a five, nine or 18 mile route- climbing either two or three of the Chilterns peaks of Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.
Louisa Spearing from Loosley Row signed up to walk nine miles with 15-year-old daughter, Maddy and her friend Nia Turner, both pupils at Pipers’ Corner school.
Both girls have been volunteering in the Princes Risborough Iain Rennie charity shop for nearly a year as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and they were keen to take part today, not just to support the charity, but also as training for their Duke of Edinburgh expedition planned for next weekend.
The three were accompanied by the family dog, Tallulah.
At the finish line, Louisa said: "We had a lovely time and were really pleased to avoid the rain. The event was really well organised and everybody was incredibly friendly and welcoming. There was a lovely spirit about the whole occasion and we’ll definitely be back to walk again in the future."
A group of Year 11 pupils from Highcrest Academy, accompanied by four staff members, walked nine miles, who were Darren Bedford, Nasar Hussain, Sam Jackow, Abdul Khan, Connor Petchey, Steven Wallington, and Connor Wilkinson.
The money raised will fund the care the charity provides for local patients diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness as well as vital support services for their families.
Also walking on the day were a team of four friends who called themselves the Chiltern Avengers.
Anthony Travers from Princes Risborough, Daniel Sloman and Richard Gaster from Aylesbury and Steve Paul from Milton Keynes originally got together as a team earlier in the year to complete the 54 mile Caledonian Challenge. They then decided to follow up with a local event.
Rennie Grove Chief Executive, Jenny Provin, took part in the event herself this year, tackling the nine mile route with her husband, Luiz and sister, Sarah.
She said: "I found it absolutely inspiring that so many people took part and were all so happy and excited to be involved with the charity. It is heartwarming to see people from all parts of the local community making their contributions to what was an incredible day.
"From the fantastic walkers of all ages and from all walks of life to our many committed volunteers, the Mayor of Tring, long-standing Iain Rennie supporter, Bill Giles, the Arriva bus drivers and even our own Trustees, everyone pulled together to make the event a huge success. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their support."
To find out how you can help support the charity, please go to www.renniegrove.org/support-us.
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