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Ashgate Hospice > Seven-year-old to take on charity walking challenge in memory of family friend

A seven-year-old girl is set to take on a picturesque hike through the Peak District for Ashgate Hospice in memory of a family friend.  

Harriet Warburton has challenged herself to complete the charity’s High Peak Trail Walk, sponsored by MVIS, in Cromford Meadows, near Matlock, on Sunday 12 March. 

She wanted to fundraise for the hospice after it cared for her family friend ‘Auntie Barbara’ at the end of her life after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019. 

Harriet has already received almost £400 in donations since signing up – smashing her target of £150 by more than double. 

From a 3.5-mile leisurely stroll, a 17-mile walk for dedicated ramblers or a 11-miler for something in between – the fundraiser offers a route for all participants to enjoy.    

Harriet, who will take on the shortest route with mum Nikki, hopes others will join her to help fund end of life care across North Derbyshire. 

“I want to help people who are poorly and give money to people who need it,” said Harriet, from Buxton. 

“Ashgate took care of a very special friend who we called Auntie Barbara and loved very much.  

“They helped her to stay at home until the end which is what she wanted. Without the hospice she wouldn’t have had her final wish. 

“It meant we got to visit her at her home whenever we wanted and on good days we had picnics in her garden and laughed lots together too. 

“I don’t usually like to go walking so I’ve been going on lots of dog walks with Mum to prepare for the High Peak Trail. I hope I can make Auntie Barbara proud!

The High Peak Trail Walk takes place on Sunday 12 March

Located in the scenic Derbyshire countryside, the High Peak Trail Walk follows the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway.   

The off-road linear walk is traffic-free, includes free parking at Cromford Meadows, plus 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.  

Jack Wood, Head of Fundraising at Ashgate Hospice, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing our High Peak Trail Walk back for a third time this March and we’re really grateful for the continued support of our sponsors MVIS.  

“Once again there will be three different trails to choose from, so there promises to be something for everyone!  

“I’m delighted to hear Harriet will be joining this time; I hope she has lots of fun taking part in the walk and raising money in memory of Auntie Barbara. 

“So, what are you waiting for? 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.” 

Entry costs depend on the distance of the chosen 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 register for the High Peak Walk Trail click the button below or call Ashgate Hospice’s fundraising team on 01246 567 250.