Meet the people taking on the UK’s three highest peaks to help tackle hunger in South Tyneside

Dozens of volunteers are set to take on the UK’s Three Peak Challenge to help tackle hunger in South Tyneside.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 7:08 pm

Co-founder of Hebburn Helps food bank Angie Comerford will be joined by 27 friends, acquaintances and strangers as she attempts to climb the UK’s three highest peaks to raise cash to help them continue their work in the borough.

Over three days from June 18-20 the group will climb Snowdon (1,085m) in Wales, Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District, finishing with the highest, Ben Nevis (1,345m) in Scotland.

Those taking part, who are all of varying fitness levels, are hoping to raise at least £500 for the food bank, which last year handed out more than 4,000 emergency food parcels and free surplus food bags to families in South Tyneside.

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(Left-right) Angie Comerford of Hebburn Helps, Sarah Kennedy, Mandy Hood, Anthea Pude, Donna Gibson and See MacDonald are among those taking part in the three peaks challenge to raise funds for the food bank

“We’ve had an amazing response,” said Angie.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge for everybody – last time I did Ben Nevis I couldn’t walk for a week – but it will be an adventure anyway.”

Always up for a challenge, last year Angie and friends took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, as well as competing in a charity boxing match to raise funds.

“I don’t expect people to give us something for nothing, but if you put yourself through something people will support you,” she continued.

(Left-right) Sarah Kennedy, Mandy Hood, Angie Comerford, Anthea Pude, See MacDonald and Donna Gibson are among those taking part in the three peaks challenge to raise funds for the Hebburn Helps food bank.

“It’s important to challenge yourself - for those people getting involved it’s going to be a life changer and it beats getting punched in the face.”

The group will begin their training over the coming weeks for the Hiking for Hunger event, which has been supported by a number of local businesses.

“I’m nervous but really excited,” said Angie.

“A lot of us are going to go up as strangers and come back down as friends, that’s the part I’m most looking forward to - and we’ve got a shot of Sambuca for the top.”

(Left-right) Angie Comerford, Sarah Kennedy, Mandy Hood, Anthea Pude, See MacDonald and Donna Gibson are some of those taking on the UK's highest three peaks in June.

She added: “I want to say a massive thank you to everybody for taking part - they must be crazy. I hope everybody will get behind us, a word of support goes a long way.”

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