Thousands raised for charity that changes lives

Shropshire-based national charity, Climbing Out, has raised £6,500 with a fundraising hike in the Lake District.

This year’s annual fundraising event took on eight peaks in the Langdale Peaks Challenge on September 30th.

A group of 37 people took part in the hike, led by some of the Climbing Out instructors and charity founder, Kelda Wood MBE.

Previous challenges have included climbing Snowdon, the Three Peaks Challenge, The Peak District Challenge, The North Wales Ridge Challenge, and walking a section of Hadrian’s Wall.

Funds raised will go towards the charity’s 5 day residential programmes that combine outdoor activities and mental resilience coaching. They work with adults who have had their lives derailed by an injury or illness, or PTSD or anxiety linked to a traumatic event, helping participants to take control of their mindset to move forward in their lives again.

Kelda says, “Despite some atrocious weather causing poor visibility, we managed to complete our epic challenge . And boy was it a challenge! The conditions made it an opportunity to triumph over adversity, giving the group a well-earned sense of accomplishment at the end. Despite the weather the group, who were made up of past participants and supporters of Climbing Out, didn’t stop chatting and smiling the whole day.

“Thank you to everyone who took part and all the people who donated to the hikers. The sum raised will help us to keep changing lives in 2024.”

The Climbing Out Fundraising Hike returns in 2024 on October 5th. Kelda adds, “Next year we’ll be tackling the Castle to Castle Coastal Challenge and we’d love you to get involved! We’ll be walking from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle along the Northumbrian coastline. It will be another brilliant day out, stretching comfort zones, taking in amazing sights, and spending time with a great group of people.”

For more information on Climbing Out visit climbingout.org.uk

CAPTION: The team who took part in the Langdale Peaks Challenge.

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