Fundraisers walk 24.5 miles to help charity for South Yorkshire runaways

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Two groups of fundraisers are on a high after climbing three peaks for a South Yorkshire charity which supports children who have run away from home.

The 34 walkers covered 24.5 miles completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Safe@last.

A team of 11 from Sheffield based company FME Property Solutions Limited and 23 walkers lead by the Safe@last’s founder both completed the trek, which takes in Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

They raised £7,000 to help the charity continue its work with vulnerable children and young people.

Safe@last founder, Hilary Massarella, said: “We had a brilliant day taking on this formidable challenge.

“It’s just on our doorstep but the difficultly of the Yorkshire Three Peaks shouldn’t be underestimated.

“It takes a significant level of fitness and stamina to complete the challenge and we were glad to have the support of trained mountain leaders keeping us safe.

“We’re incredibly proud of our supporters for their commitment and dedication, not only to completing the challenge but also raising substantial funds to enable us to keep children safe.”

The trek is one of a series of challenges being held this year to raise money to fund Safe@last’s services.

The next event will be a family walk in Derbyshire on September 26.

Safe@last works with youngsters who have run away, who are thinking of it or who have been asked to leave their home by parents or carers when relationships break down.

The charity runs a helpline and offers one-to-one support.