Walkers feel on top of the world after raising cash

IN THE CLOUDS: Six friends raised �6,000 for a bereavement project at West Suffolk Hospital by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.
IN THE CLOUDS: Six friends raised �6,000 for a bereavement project at West Suffolk Hospital by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.

A group of six friends are celebrating after scaling the largest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for a special suite at West Suffolk Hospital.

The team of six – led by Long Melford man Dave Gooderham, the hospital’s new fundraising manager – climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Dave was joined by friends Mark Heath, Stuart Watson, Jack Hones, Matt Steed and Steven Bissett.

They raised £6,000 in sponsorship which is going towards a £60,000 project for a bereavement room at the hospital which will provide a calm and comfortable space where families can receive support.

Dave said: “I think I speak for the whole group when I say the three peaks challenge was the hardest thing any of us had ever done.

“But throughout it all, there was a fantastic camaraderie in the team, even though we set off at 5am on Friday and spent 11 hours in a minibus.

“We’d like to say thank you to everyone who sponsored us and helped raise a fantastic sum for a really important cause.”

Dave decided to climb the three peaks last year after his son, George, was born six weeks premature, and the family spent two-and-a-half weeks being cared for by the hospital’s neonatal unit.

He added: “We all had tough times to get through, but we all successfully climbed the three mountains.”