Massive effort from trekkers

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A TREK up England’s highest four mountains has raised more than £5,000 for a children’s cancer charity.

The walk – which involved climbing Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw in 60 hours – was a challenge for the trekkers but they successfully completed the task and raised £5,200 for Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN).

Linza Corp heads the charity, whose head office is in Elm, and her husband Steve was one of the walkers.

Steve completed the trek in memory of Max, their son who died of childhood cancer neuroblastoma aged just 17 months old. Max’s name headed a banner that was taken up the mountains; on the banner were names of children who were either fighting the disease or had died from it.

The Four Peaks Challenge was co-ordinated by Shane Reed, from Elm.

“I want to give Shane a big thank you,” Linza said. “His support, organisation and leadership made the trip a success.”

Linza also made a special mention of FAN sibling Sam Treves, whose sister Molly is currently in remission. At just 14, he was the youngest member on the trek and he raised more than £1,000.

The trek was only made possible by the support of many people. Len Priestley donated his minibus and his time and drove the walkers between the mountains.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Len said. “I would like to help other charities in the future and put something back into the community.”

The fuel for the journey was donated by Jackie Barwell, of A Barwell & Sons in Wisbech.