An optometrist from Specsavers in Lichfield braved the wind and rain of the Pennine Peaks on Saturday 2 July as she tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Talisa Patel, along with a group of friends, took on the challenge in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice, raising an amazing total of £2161.24. The six-strong squad completed the 24-mile-long route in 11 hours 58 minutes.

Hard work was worth it

‘We had all kinds of weather on Saturday; it would be bright and sunny one minute and pouring with rain the next,’ Talisa commented. ‘The top of the peaks were particularly windy, so we worked really hard to push through and complete the challenge.’ 

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes participants over the Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough peaks, forming part of the Pennine range within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The challenge includes a total ascent of 5,200ft (1,585m).

Talisa added: ‘Completing the challenge was amazing, and we are so happy that we did it in less than 12 hours, which was our goal. I am so grateful to everyone who has donated to Acorns and to my colleagues who have supported me. Despite aching legs and being extremely tired, it was all worth it!’

Store director Praful Patel is very proud of Talisa for completing the challenge: ‘She has worked very hard, both in training and to fundraise for Acorns Children’s Hospice.’

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a charity that provides care for young people with life threatening or life limiting conditions, as well as support for their families. To find out more, please visit

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