St Clare: Matthew takes on Three Peaks Challenge for mother

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A son, whose mother passed away at St Clare Hospice less than a year ago, has raised almost £2,000 in vital funding for St Clare by taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in her memory.

Matthew Warwick (aged 24 years from Harlow) took on the UK’s three highest peaks on Friday 14 July, with teammates Tom Richards (24 years, Harlow), Joe Mortimer (24 years, Harlow), John Owen (42 years, Harlow), Rowan Owen (44 years, Harlow), Paul Richards (50 years, Harlow) and Fay Chapman (28 years, Harlow).

The group set off at 05:00am on Friday 14 July, starting with Ben Nevis (4,409 ft.) in Scotland. They then travelled to Scafell Pike (3,209 ft.) in the Lake District, and finished by climbing Mount Snowdon (3,560 ft.) in Wales.

The team climbed Ben Nevis in 5 hours 3 minutes and Mt. Snowdon in 4 hours 40 minutes. The team bravely ascended Scafell until hostile weather conditions forced them to turn back. Heavy downpours, high-speed winds and a treacherously steep and slippery path threatened the climbers with immediate danger. At 400m altitude and 2 and half miles up England’s highest peak, the team turned back in the middle of the night after a group decision to return to safety.

Commenting on completing the trek challenge, Matthew Warwick said: “Even though we may not have finished the trip in the way we planned to, it was certainly an experience and one that I won’t forget – from taking the first step on Ben Nevis, to the last soaking-wet step off Mount Snowdon. I can’t thank the team enough for their dedication and drive to finish. Also, thank you to everyone who donated; without you, this great achievement wouldn’t have been possible.”

Matthew was inspired to take on the challenge for St Clare Hospice after his mother, Kay Warwick, was admitted to St Clare Hospice for care on their inpatient unit in June 2016. Kay sadly passed away on 8 July 2016 aged just 60 years.

Matthew is planning to ascend Scafell later this year in September to complete the challenge, with a view to returning to do the entire Three Peaks Challenge again next year.

If you would like to congratulate Matthew Warwick and the team by sponsoring them, visit their online fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matthew-Warwick1

If you would like to take part in a challenge for St Clare Hospice, visit their website and see how you could get involved: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/challenges/

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