A group of walkers from Raby Estates in County Durham and Holker Estate in Cumbria, have raised a total of £7000 for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).
The combined team of 17 staff, friends and canines from the Raby and Holker Estates joined forces on the 3rd November, as part of the ICR's Climb of Life Appeal, which has celebrated 30 years of fundraising this year by attempting to climb 30 peaks.
The joint team, led by Raby Estates CEO, Duncan Peake, were assigned the Coledale Fells in the Lake District and managed to climb five peaks in one day. They began by climbing Grisedale Pike and then onto Hopegill Head before descending to Coledale Hause. From there they headed up onto Eel Crag; the highest point on the trek at 839 m. Finally the long descent back to the Newlands Valley took them over Sail and Causey Pike. All this helped to push the overall number of peaks bagged by participating teams to well over the target of 30.
Mr Peake was grateful to all the donations the team had received and said "This years event raised over £103,000 for ICR, and the Raby-Holker team managed to raise one of the largest single team contributions of £7000."
This year’s grand total means that this annual event has now raised over £1.5 million during the 30 years that it has been taking place. The money raised will help support researchers at the ICR to make the discoveries that defeat cancer, as well as training the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.