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Milton Keynes couple David and Cathy Atkinson will be putting on their walking boots for the Chilterns Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday September 18 to raise funds for a hospice charity formed by the recent merging of Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and Grove House day hospice.
Hundreds of walkers of all ages have already signed up to join the five, nine or 18 mile walk, in the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns Ridgeway, and the newly merged charity Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care (IRGH) is encouraging more to join in.
David and Cathy, who both work in company management, are taking on the challenge for the third year running. They will be walking the full 18 miles, scaling the peaks of Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.
Cathy said: "I have helped the charity as a volunteer in the past, and my daughter works for IRGH as a fundraiser, so I know what a good cause it is. The Chilterns Three Peaks Challenge is a really enjoyable day out, with some spectacular views. The sense of achievement, as you conquer the last peak, Ivinghoe Beacon, is exhilarating."
IRGH gives people with life-limiting illness across Bucks and Herts the choice to remain at home. Through a combination of day hospice, family support and 24/7 call-out nursing care in patients' homes, the charity tailors care to the individual regardless of their illness or prognosis. It relies on fundraising events and donations to keep providing its free service to families, as only a small percentage comes from the NHS.