A care home manager from Stoke-on-Trent has raised £200 for the Red Cross after completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, following a flash of inspiration from a first aid course.
Gary Tideswell, local service manager for Sanctuary Supported Living’s new scheme, Eastgate, which provides care for people with learning disabilities, completed the challenge ahead of the service’s official opening in September.
The challenge saw him scale the heights of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, in 10 hours and 45 minutes.
Tackling the Three Peaks wasn’t simply a question of hiking either – Gary frequently found himself having to call upon his inner scrambler to tackle rock formations that needed to be climbed over, as well as conquering his own fear of heights.
Supported by family and colleagues, Gary began his preparation with a series of long walks at weekends, starting with distances of 12 miles, increasing to 24 ahead of the challenge.
He said: “We’d recently been on a first aid course with the Red Cross, which had proved very useful for our staff and this seemed like a great way of giving something back.
“I thought, as I’d never done it before, it would be something that really challenged me.”
CQC-registered Eastgate provides care and accommodation for up to 11 adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.