Six nurses from Royal Trinity Hospice are set to climb the three highest peaks in the UK in a gruelling 24 hour challenge on 16th September 2016. The nurses hope to raise £10,000 from their challenge to help the charity continue to provide free end of life care for people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses living in central and south west London.

The nurses will begin their challenge in the highlands of Scotland by climbing Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. They will then drive overnight to Scarfell Pike in the Lake District, where they will tackle the steep and craggy mountain in the early hours of the morning. The challenge ends with a summit of Mount Snowdon in North Wales.

Helen Brewerton, Head of Community Services, said: “As community nurses, we are always on our feet visiting patients and families in their homes, but nothing could prepare us for the challenge we have signed up for. We are all very excited, if a little terrified, but we know that any money we raise will be well spent on providing much-needed support to people approaching the end of their lives and their loved ones.”

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Trinity, said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to our amazing nurses for taking on this challenge. It’s clearly an incredibly difficult physical and mental challenge but I have no doubt that their determination and team spirit will see them through. I hope they inspire others to take on their own challenge for Trinity and help us care for more people with a progressive, life-limiting illness.”

People can donate to the nurses’ challenge by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TrinityThreePeakers. Trinity provides free end of life care to 1,500 people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses each year, within their homes and at the hospice. Trinity receives less than a third of its funding from the NHS and relies on donations to raise the remaining £8million it needs each year for its services to continue.