Stamford friends unite to take on Yorkshire peaks walk for Motor Neurone Disease Association

Ned's Squadron are training for a trek of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on June 3 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Pictured from left are Sally Ijoma, Jane Ince, Lisa Johnson, Sharon Weston, Jane Aldred, Rachel Ibbott, Heather Cullen and Sarah Jenningss
Ned's Squadron are training for a trek of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on June 3 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Pictured from left are Sally Ijoma, Jane Ince, Lisa Johnson, Sharon Weston, Jane Aldred, Rachel Ibbott, Heather Cullen and Sarah Jenningss
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A GROUP of friends are taking on the Yorkshire three peaks challenge for a cause close to their hearts.

Ellen Chisholm, of Ermine Way, Stamford, decided to organise the challenge in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

She has been organising regular fundraising events because her friend Ned Cullen, of Queen’s Walk, Stamford.

His wife Heather will be among the group of 15 taking part, which is called Ned’s Stamford Squadron.

The other team members are Hannah Warner, Sharon Weston, Rachel Ibbott, Jane Ince, Sally Ijoma, Lisa Ward-Taylor, Denise Rees, Sarah Jennings, Jane Aldred, Lisa Johnson, Sandi Lindley, Ondine Barry and Alison Rankine.

The walk, which was organised by the Cambridgeshire branch of the charity, will be a 23 mile circular walk of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough on Saturday, June 23.

Ellen said: “Most of us are novice walkers so this is a big challenge for us. We are spurred on by the prospect of raising as much money as possible for the charity.

“The biggest physical challenge will be dealing with the climbs which are all about 700m. However, another potential challenge, especially if visibility is poor, will be making sure we stay on track”

So far, the group has raised more than £3,600 but is hoping to hit a £5,000 target. To sponsor the group visit www.justgiving.com/teams/nedssquadron