Sixty members of running group have conquered the Lake District challenge; a 62-mile trek with 19,000 feet of ascent over some of England’s highest peaks.
The Leigh-on-Sea Striders (LOSS) put their best feet forward on the four-day challenge raising money for Southend Hospital and in memory of member Stephanie Simpson, who died two years ago.
The strong team of keen runners have already raised a staggering £18,000 for stroke and oncology services at Southend Hospital, with an additional amount for cardiac charity, CRY.
Theresa Philips, LOSS member and clinical manager for medical, oncology, frailty and acute medical services at Southend Hospital, said: “We were so lucky to see the Lake District at its best in all conditions – be it sun, wind or rain!
“Everyone involved pushed themselves way outside their physical and emotional comfort zones in honour an in memory of our friend Stephanie, whose positivity, enthusiasm and beautiful smile will always be remembered.”
Kayley Donovan, community fundraising manager for Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re absolutely blown away by the funds raised by Leigh-on-Sea Striders. It’s clear that their dear friend, Stephanie, meant so much to so many people; you’ve done her proud with your exceptional fundraising efforts and we are so grateful that our patients will benefit from all you’ve done.”