Heathcotes staff complete Three Peaks for autism charity
Staff at Heathcotes Whitley services in North Yorkshire reached new heights to raise almost £1,700 for charity when they conquered Yorkshire’s Three Peaks in support of the National Autistic Society.
Heathcotes Whitley specialises in residential support for individuals with autism, so the intrepid team had all the motivation they needed to take on the gruelling challenge in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Whitley’s hiking heroes included Hollie Longfield, Paul Southon, Hannah Kettlewood, Sophie Hill, Lucy Rose, Davyd Werrett, Natasha Werrett, Timothy Punter, Claire Morgan, Simone Cormack, Emily Morgan and Jack Lloyd. They completed Pen-y-Ghent (summit 694 metres), Whernside (summit 736 metres) and Ingleborough (summit 723 metres) in a time of 11 hours and 40 minutes.
Services Manager, Hollie Longfield, said:
“World Autism Awareness Week takes place from 1st to 7th April, so we decided it was the perfect time to take on the Three Peaks for a cause that means a lot to everyone at Heathcotes Whitley. It was definitely hard going and I’m really proud of the team. We set ourselves a target of 12 hours to complete all three Peaks, so we were delighted to do make it with 20 minutes to spare, with the daylight fading! Once we’ve collected all the cash sponsorship to add to the online donations, we should nearly double our fundraising target of £850, so it was very much worth the pain and effort.”
The National Autistic Society is committed to transforming lives, changing attitudes and creating a society that works for autistic people. The charity aims to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for autistic people. Further information is available at www.autism.org.uk. Heathcotes Whitley’s fundraising page is still welcoming online donations here