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Fundraisers tackle London bridges and Yorkshire peaks for Bishop's Stortford Mencap charity Grove Cottage




Adventurous supporters have smashed two challenges and raised more than £20,000 for Grove Cottage, the home of Mencap in Bishop's Stortford.

A team of 12 travelled to London to take part in the Thames Bridges Trek, covering 25km (15.5 miles) between Putney Bridge and Tower Bridge.

The same day, 22 supporters completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. They clocked up 39.4 km (24.5 miles) tackling Pen-y-ghent, Whemside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.

Do it for Grove Cottage... IN YORKSHIRE!! Fundraisers on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Do it for Grove Cottage... IN YORKSHIRE!! Fundraisers on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

These peaks form part of the Pennine range and encircle the head of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales national park.

Leni Croker, who took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, said: "Although it was an incredibly brutal journey, both physically and mentally, I had the most wonderful and upbeat adventure.

"Along the route I met a huge variety of people, most of whom were walking for charity, and every single one of them with their own story to tell. I felt incredibly proud to be representing Grove Cottage and to share its own story with hikers from every part of the country."

Grove Cottage fundraisers on the Thames Bridges Trek
Grove Cottage fundraisers on the Thames Bridges Trek

Grove Cottage parent and long-time supporter Esme Willcocks and her friend Katy Burrows took part in the Thames Bridges Trek and said: "It was brilliant is an understatement.

"We were very blessed with the weather, but the whole challenge, start to finish, was organised brilliantly by the Ultra Challenge team – we couldn't fault a thing.

"Not only did we get to see the sights of London whilst doing something that we love, but we got to raise much-needed funds for Grove Cottage. We can't wait to do another Ultra Challenge – bring it on!"

Nicky Hastler, community fundraiser at Grove Cottage in London Road, said: "We're so very grateful to everyone for taking on this challenge and fundraising for us, and we sincerely hope they all had a great time."

Grove Cottage fundraisers complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Grove Cottage fundraisers complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Grove Cottage fundraisers Esme Willcocks, left, and Katy Burrows on the Thames Bridges Trek
Grove Cottage fundraisers Esme Willcocks, left, and Katy Burrows on the Thames Bridges Trek
Tower Bridge in London on the Thames Bridges Trek
Tower Bridge in London on the Thames Bridges Trek


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