The return of the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge is one walkers everywhere can embrace, whilst raising vital funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care too
Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s flagship walking event, the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, makes a welcome return to the end-of-summer calendar this September. On Sunday 12 September, walkers can enjoy the beautiful Chilterns countryside from a choice of three routes while raising vital funds for Rennie Grove’s specialist nursing care at this popular event, kindly sponsored by Origin Doors and Windows.
After a scaled-down event in 2020 – featuring circular walks taking in just two peaks – the charity hopes to offer all three routes again this year, government guidelines permitting, ranging from eight to 20 miles in length.
The eight and 12 mile circular routes start and end at Princes Risborough School, giving walkers the chance to enjoy the stunning views from Whiteleaf Cross and Coombe Hill. The 20-mile route starts at the school too, and follows the circular routes up the first two peaks before branching off for an additional eight-mile trek along the picturesque Ridgeway Trail before finishing at the top of Ivinghoe Beacon. Arriva buses, which is kindly donating the use of vehicles and volunteer drivers again for the day, will collect walkers and return them safely to their cars parked at Princes Risborough School. To keep everyone safe, there’ll be staggered starts for each route and all participants are asked to adhere to any COVID guidance in place at the time of the event.
Rennie Grove is also encouraging all participants to raise sponsorship wherever possible. Senior Challenge & Special Events Fundraiser, Emily Elvin, explains: “Despite having to scale down last year’s event, our supporters did brilliantly and our one-off Chilterns 2 Peaks Challenge raised a staggering £65,000 towards our nursing care and support for local families facing life-limiting illness.
“Families are depending on us more than ever during the pandemic, with hospitals so busy and visiting hours restricted. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of our supporters, our nurses have been able to keep visiting patients in their homes throughout. If every person taking part in this year’s Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge could raise £57 in sponsorship that would fund two hours of specialist care in a patient’s home and could make the different between a patient being able to stay safe, at home, with their family – or having to be admitted to hospital as an emergency.”
Sign up now and secure your place for just £15 per adult, children £7.50 or a family entry (two adults and up to three children) for £40. Entry prices include your medal and for an extra £5 you can purchase an event t-shirt too. Make sure you register to take part before 12 September because the charity can’t accept any on-the-day entries.
Register at renniegrove.org/c3peaks