Great ascent for good causes by the Gilberts

The Gilberts reach the top of Ben Nevis
The Gilberts reach the top of Ben Nevis

A family from Hallaton took on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

Jane Gilbert, who lives in Medbourne Road, Hallaton, and who works at Great Easton Village Stores, her son Matthew and her daughter-in- law Becky Gilbert and Jane’s daughter Rachel Gilbert took on the challenge together.

They have raised more than £800 for their chosen causes, Parkinson’s UK and hospice charity Loros.

Jane Gilbert’s dad Ken Garnett, from Somerset, died in 2007 aged 80. He had suffered from Parkinsons for 10 years before his death.

A good friend of the family, Carol Unna, from Uppingham, died at the county’s Loros hospice aged just 46.

The family wanted to raise funds for these two deserving causes.

They completed the ascent of the three peaks Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, in just eight hours.

The descent time for all three peaks was just over six hours.

Jane said: “The weather was as good as we could have hoped for the whole of the challenge – it was dry and calm, and the visibility was exceptional, leading to incredible views from the summits of each of the mountains.

“We managed to maintain our sense of humour throughout the three hikes, and at the end of the challenge we felt an overwhelming sense of achievement.

“With money still coming in, we hope to have raised in excess of £800.”

Jane Gilbert extended her thanks to the residents of Great Easton who have supported her and her family in their challenge through donations.

She also thanked everyone else who has helped them to reach their total to date.