High total for peak climbers

Helen Duncan, right, with friends who did the Three Peaks Challenege from left, Sarah Tilley, Stacey Tilley, Kate Rosillo, John Robertson, Sarah Reader and Louise Carlyle

Helen Duncan, right, with friends who did the Three Peaks Challenege from left, Sarah Tilley, Stacey Tilley, Kate Rosillo, John Robertson, Sarah Reader and Louise Carlyle

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A group of 11 friends climbed the three highest peaks in the UK in a group effort to raise much-needed funds for a hospice charity.

Led by Oakham sisters Helen Duncan and Sarah Reader the group scaled Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in about 24 hours.

Helen and Sarah decided to take on the challenge in memory of their father, Peter Reffell, who died aged 58 after a 16-month battle with cancer.

He was cared for by the Rutland and Leicestershire hospice charity Loros and the sisters thought it was a fitting tribute to raise money for the cause.

Helen of Parkfield Road, said: “Following lots of training, including a weekend in Snowdonia climbing Snowden twice, a weekend in the lakes climbing more mountains and lots of hill reps we all reached a level we never thought we would and accomplished more than we hoped for.

“Four of us completed in 23 hours and 25 minutes, well under the 24-hour challenge time, with the remaining people not far behind.”

The rest of the group comprised Louise Carlyle, Stacey and Sarah Tilley, Helen Joslin, Kate Rosillo, Sian Cheverton, Terry Dunlop, John Robertson and Jamie Jarczewski, all from the Rutland and Melton area.

During the training Stacey and Sarah Tilley and Helen Joslin also lost their fathers, giving the challenge even more impetus.

And through generous sponsorship the team raised more than £11,000.

Helen thanked all the individuals and businesses who supported them along the way.

Next year she plans to take another team to the Lake District to take on the 24 peaks in 24 hours challenge.