Layla-Rose Holmes and her family had been doing lots of walking during lockdown and one day her Dad told her that people sometimes walk long distances to raise money for charities. This was a lightbulb moment for Layla-Rose and she set herself a challenge to climb Pen-Y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales to help raise money for Overgate Hospice, where her Grandfather, James Balmforth, was cared for in 2017.
Climbing an impressive 2,277 feet Layla-Rose completed the 7 mile circular walk on Saturday 22nd May in just 4 hours and 10 minutes. She was supported by her Mum, Dad and her Brother Liam, and when they returned home the family had a party to celebrate their achievement.
Layla-Rose said; ‘When I got to the top I was really proud of myself and I know that my Grandad Jim would be too. We had a picnic at the top and I had to drink lots of water during the walk, it was cloudy so we couldn’t see much but it was still exciting and it felt like I was on top of the world.’
Rachel Lumb, Challenge and Event Fundraiser here at Overgate said; ‘What Layla-Rose has achieved is incredible. Walking up one of Yorkshire’s highest peaks is not an easy challenge and many would struggle, but not Layla-Rose, she took it all in her stride and the whole team are so proud of her.’
With the support of her family, friends and neighbours, Layla-Rose raised an amazing £1,320 which will go towards caring for local people that need the help of the services that we provide.
If you would like to support Overgate Hospice like Layla-Rose please call the fundraising team on 01422 387121
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