The history of our challenge walks in words and pictures
Up to date financial details and other information about our fundraising activities
Annual financial details of the totals raised from our Walkers and Corporate Sponsors
Information about The Three Peaks Challenge Walk and the surrounding countryside
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Information about us and why we raise the sponsored funds
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chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
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Throughout the few years that we’ve been doing the walk, as with any event there are always a few stories to be told. Here’s just a few of the stories that have come out of the walks so far. (If you have any to tell, mail them in to us and if we have space we’ll post them up on the site). Send your comments to the Website Editor
If you stop and think why we give either our time or donations to charity you're immediately confronted with differing considerations.
Maybe most of us are actually good hearted souls who take pleasure in sharing with others. Perhaps we simply find it easier to carry out a charitable task, or give money which comes easier to us than facing the real problems head on. Or maybe we simply feel a deep sense of guilt when we see others who are considerably less fortunate than ourselves. There will certainly be other reasons.
In 2003 Amy Shaw was eleven years old and probably never considered any of the above reasons when she took her part in this event. Amy is the granddaughter of Frank Goodall, who with Dave Owens are the named persons to whom the The Three Peaks Challenge Memorial Fund is dedicated.
When she heard of the walk she asked her father to take her to The Three Peaks so that she could participate in the walk in support of a memorial fund in her grandfathers name.
Unfortunately she couldn't make the four o clock Saturday morning start as all the others, but she and her father arrived later in the day and walked the peak of Pen-y-ghent, and in so doing she raised £140.00 for the charity fund
Well done Amy!
Elizabeth Medcalf had noticed a poor (but very much alive) sheep lying with it’s neck stuck through a gate. Elizabeth, who is closely associated to the ‘livestock industry’ tried a rescue attempt to pull the stranded sheep from its enclosure.
Sadly the task proved too much for the sheep who on release gasped it’s last breath. The walkers had no alternative but to carry on leaving the poor (and now very much dead) sheep to rest in peace.
Steve Bainbridge was due to take part in our first walk in 2003. As the buses left the gathering point at 04.00 hrs on the Saturday morning and headed off towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale some of the conversation centred on Steve who hadn’t responded to Jim Dawber hammering on his door at 0345 hrs, thereby missing his lift.
Having missed the bus the popular belief amongst the other walkers was that Steve could ‘talk the talk’ but not ‘walk the walk’.
Pete Mackie and Steve Bainbridge at Ribblehead Viaduct. The above photo shows Pete Mackie (left) and Steve (right) on his ‘follow-on’ walk two weeks after the main event. Here they are seen under the shadow of the Ribblehead Viaduct which cost 108 men their lives during it’s construction 125 years ago. Whernside is looming ahead of them.
It was only at work on Monday morning that the truth of the story became apparent. Steve had parked his Yorkshire Building Services works van outside his neighbour’s house and Jim had been knocking on the wrong door. Steve, as good as his word went on to complete his own three peaks challenge on a separate day.
In May of 2004 I received an email from Chris Davies. Chris had been looking on the web and found our site and sent the message...
“I have just read your web page with details of your achievement in 2003, well done! As a T-cell Lymphoma and stem-cell transfer survivor (five years on) I applaud your efforts in raising the profile of cancer treatment, thank you”.
I wrote back thanking Chris, and stating that I simply drove the support team bus and did the website, and that I would pass the comments onto Gerard who organises the event. Chris responded...
“Phil: Many thanks for taking the trouble to reply. I actually found your site by accident. I was looking for information on the 'other' three Peaks event i.e. Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Still, I was more than pleased to hear of your fund-raising efforts, especially for a disease which almost killed me and which I am now using every day to capacity to put it behind me. Keep up the good work - updating the website and driving the bus are absolutely vital to the overall effort! “
It puts into perspective what the fund raising is all about I suppose. Anyway, thanks Chris.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell :
Images : Gerard Mitchell
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
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