Hook villagers at the peak of their powers

June 23, 2022

A team of dedicated fundraisers have taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for St Mary’s Church in Hook.

More than 19 villagers and supporters came together to take part in the 24-mile challenge over the weekend of June 10-12, to raise money towards restoration works at the village church. The team’s JustGiving page has so far raised more than £685, with donations continuing to roll in. The villagers split into two groups to take on the gruelling task, with one group setting off from Ribblehead viaduct and the other from Horton in Ribblesdale. Both teams completed the climbing of Pen-y-ghent, Inglebrough and Whernside and the long trek in between in 10.5 hours. Some less regular walkers also did their bit to help the cause by completing the challenge of climbing one of the three peaks, a great achievement for any newcomer to hill walking.

Philip Ball, Vicar of St Mary's Church said: 'I'm so grateful to Dave, Ian and all the walkers for putting themselves out, in order to help with this important task. The aim of the restoration being to ensure that Hook Church which is 800 years old in 2025 will still be here and serving this community in a hundred years.”

The fundraiser is just one of many fundraisers that have been taking place to raise money to restore the historic church ahead of its 800th anniversary. More information about the project is available by visiting: https://hookchurch.org.uk/800ov/ It is still possible to donate to the cause by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising /hookchurch3peaks

Some of the fundraisers at the top of one of the three peaks. (16-06-129 SU)

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