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An 83-year-old fundraiser is urging others to join her on a picturesque hike through the stunning Peak District organised by Ashgate Hospice later this year.
Grandmother Margaret Elkington-Slyfield has raised more than £7,000 for the North Derbyshire charity in tribute to her husband, John, who received care at the hospice before he died in 2013 after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.
Margaret, from Taddington, raised the money by crocheting sustainable and fashionable bags from recycled plastic bags – and last year she embarked on Ashgate’s High Peak Trail, sponsored by MVIS, in support of the hospice too.
The event returns on Sunday 13th March this year and people of all ages and abilities are being urged to register for one of three different routes – all of which promise beautiful views of the glorious Peaks.
From a 3.5-mile route for walkers after a leisurely stroll or a 17-mile walk for dedicated ramblers – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Margaret said: “I loved taking part in Ashgate’s High Peak Trail last year and I’m delighted to see the event has returned for 2022!
“The weather was wonderful, the route was great and the views over the Peak District really were stunning; whether you’re young or older, I would wholly recommend registering for this year’s event in March.
“Not only will you be taking part in a fun event whilst keeping yourself fit and healthy, but you’ll be helping fund Ashgate’s wonderful care.
“It was thanks to the efforts of Ashgate’s supporters and fundraisers that my husband, John, was cared for at the hospice in 2013. The care he received was just wonderful and he was so comfortable during his time on the Inpatient Unit.
“Supporting the hospice and taking part in events like the High Peak Trail will mean Ashgate can be there for future families who need its love and support.”
Located in the scenic Derbyshire countryside, the High Peak trail follows the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway.
The off-road linear walk is traffic-free and promises to be a fun day out with friends and family. There will be free parking at Cromford Meadows, and free transport will be provided to take participants to the start point of the walk so they can walk back to their vehicles at the finish line.
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospice, said: “Following the success of our first High Peak Trail in 2021, we’re delighted to be bringing the event back for a second time this March and we’re really grateful for the continued support of our sponsors MVIS.
“This time there’s three different trails to choose from, so there promises to be something for everyone!
“I’m glad to hear Margaret had a wonderful time at last year’s event – we’re so grateful for everything she does to support us in memory of her husband, John.
“To have raised more than £7,000 since 2013 is just incredible and it’s thanks to people like her that we’re able to keep providing our vital care to the families of North Derbyshire.
“So come and join us at the High Peak Trail – not only will you get to enjoy the stunning Derbyshire countryside, but you’ll be helping us fund care for the families who need our support most.”
There are a limited number of places for the event so people are being urged to sign up quickly. Entry costs depend on the distance of the walk but adults taking on the 17-mile route will pay £15 per person, which includes a t-shirt, medal, coach transfer to your chosen starting point and refreshments along the route.
To sign up go to www.ashgatehospice.org.uk/high-peak-trail-walk or call Ashgate Hospice’s fundraising team on 01246 567 250.