Martin House Hospice plans new fundraising events for 2021 making the most of Yorkshire's outdoors

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A children's hospice is staging two fundraising events in the heart of Yorkshire later this year.

After so many events were cancelled last year due to coronavirus, Martin House near Wetherby is building (literally) on the one event that was able to go ahead in 2020.

Two new challenges have been set under the hospice’s Day in the Dales, which includes its popular Yorkshire Three Peaks walk, along with a new family-friendly activity the One Peak Wander, which both take place on Saturday June 12.

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Walkers taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks will tackle Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a 24-mile trek, with expert guidance from experienced mountain guides. The One Peak Wander is a new event for 2021, which sees families conquer Pen-y-ghent and take part in a den building competition at the top.

Fundraisers tackle the Three Peaks for Martin House.Fundraisers tackle the Three Peaks for Martin House.
Fundraisers tackle the Three Peaks for Martin House.

Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: “The Yorkshire Three Peaks was one of the few Covid-safe events we were able to stage last year due to the pandemic, and we’re working closely with our event partner Kuta Outdoors to ensure this year’s event follows government guidelines and is safe for everyone taking part.

“We’re also really excited to have our new One Peak Wander for families – after so many lockdowns, we really wanted to create an event families could enjoy together. When we’ve all had to spend so much time at home in the last year, our Day in the Dales is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery while raising money to support children and young people with life-limiting conditions.”

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Ms Cracknell added: “The past year has been tough for everyone, including Martin House. We had to cancel so many of our fundraising events last year, but we still need to continue providing care and support to families. We really hope people will sign up to take part in our Day in the Dales, and help us raise the money we need to keep on caring.”

It costs £35 to sign up to the Yorkshire Three Peaks, with a fundraising target of £150, while the One Peak Wander costs £15 for adults and £5 for children, with a £50 fundraising target.

Sign up at or House has been providing family-led care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions for more than 30 years. Every year it supports more than 420 children and young people, and their families plus more than 150 bereaved families across West, North and East Yorkshire, at the hospice, in hospitals and in families’ own homes.

The hospice, based in Boston Spa, has nine bedrooms in Martin House, and six in Whitby Lodge, which cares for teenagers and young people. Our services include respite stays,

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symptom control, emergency care, community care and end of life care.

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