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Lake District adventure to fight meningitis

Great Gable from Scafell Pike
Great Gable from Scafell Pike

[T]HE COUNTRY”S biggest meningitis charity is looking for outdoor enthusiasts to join it on a challenging trek to conquer eight Lake District peaks in two days of walking.

Meningitis Now’s Lake District Challenge takes on the eight peaks in the national park that rise above 3,000 feet, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

“This is not a challenge for the faint-hearted and will push walkers to their limits,” said Lydia Reed, event organiser at Meningitis Now. “By offering spectacular views wrapped up in a serious adventure, it promises you a weekend you’ll never forget.

“Those taking part will achieve an enormous amount of satisfaction from completing the challenge and helping us in our fight to conquer meningitis.”

The Lake District Challenge route is about 20 miles, with a total walking time of some 18 hours. Between walking there will be plenty of opportunity to rest and enjoy the trip.

“Whilst this challenge is not designed with specialist trekkers in mind and participants will vary in fitness levels, it is a real physical challenge and will require energy, commitment, a positive attitude and dedication to training,” Lydia added.

“It’s suitable for individuals and groups and the perfect opportunity to get your friends, family or colleagues involved.”

The trek takes place between 6 and 9 October and those taking it on need to pay a registration fee of £75 and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £500. Those registering before 1 June pay a discounted rate of just £49.

In return Meningitis Now’s events team takes care of all travel between the peaks, food and accommodation arrangements and is on hand to help with fundraising ideas and fitness and training tips.

Those taking part also get to enjoy a training camp before the trek.

“We’d love you to join us and make a real difference in our fight against meningitis,” Lydia added. “Our support takes care of everything and leaves you free to concentrate on walking, enjoying the breath-taking scenery and completing the challenge.”

All proceeds go towards the charity’s work fighting meningitis through vaccine and preventative research, raising awareness and supporting individuals and families fighting back from the disease.

To find out more and sign up visit the website at https://www.meningitisnow.org/support-us/featured-events/lake-district-challenge/ or phone 0345 120 4530.

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