Two nurses from Stoke Mandeville Hospital have signed up with their families to walk the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge on September 16 to support the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.
Karen Sampson who lives in Aston Clinton and Nicki Rice who lives in Aylesbury both work on the acute surgery ward at the hospital and are great friends outside of work too.
Their families will be walking 18 miles through the Chiltern Hills taking in the peaks of Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.
Karen said: “Because of our experiences at work, we know that if patients were given the choice, they would rather not die in hospital.
“That’s why the work of Iain Rennie is so important, allowing patients to make the choice to be cared for at home when diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and we’re really pleased to raise money to support this.”
Another Vale person taking part is Peter Grimsdell, 57, from Chearsley.
Among the family joining him will be his middle son Richard and his wife Dawn. Richard is a captain in the Royal Horse Artillery and Peter admits that the thought of walking a long distance with a trained para is a little daunting:
“I walk regularly with my two labradors, Bella and Rosie, but we don’t usually walk quite as far as 18 miles. Although I would expect the ‘peaks’ to be a bit tough even at my usual pace, it’s the thought of having to keep up with Richard that makes me a little nervous! However, I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
Registration is open now. Log onto www.c3peaks.com for more information.