Leeds sales director’s charity trek

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A Leeds sales director has raised more than £5,000 for a children’s hospice after trekking 75 kilometres in three days.

Simon Whalley, from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, and his friend Paul D’Ambrogio walked across the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Mr Whalley said: “This is the first time I have undertaken such a challenge. I must admit I’m more of a hotel man than happy camper but the whole experience was gratifying and fun.

“We walked for 10 hours each day and met very few other trekkers but the beautiful landscapes and wildlife was more than enough to keep my friend, Paul D’Ambrogio, and I entertained – it took my breath away.

“As a company we have supported Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for a number of years and I wanted to make a further contribution, but felt it had to be something out of my comfort zone. We had rain, sun and snowy peaks, got our drinking water from the stream and now have feet covered in blisters, but it was definitely worth it.”

Mr Whalley raised £5,602 for the Huddersfield hospice, which supports almost 200 children with life-shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.

The charity has to raise £3.8 million a year, most of which comes from donations and fundraising.

Emma Kovaleski, corporate fundraiser at the hospice said: “Many fundraising challenges are about achieving something that you think you can’t do and Simon is a perfect example of this.

“We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to Simon from everyone at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice on completing his challenge.”