First-time trials for The Maynard team

Santa Frankuse, Charlotte Fawbert, Kate Hickinson and Jaegar Andrew from The Maynard

Santa Frankuse, Charlotte Fawbert, Kate Hickinson and Jaegar Andrew.

Colleagues at an award winning Peak District hotel have taken on two big challenges in the name of charity.

Team members at The Maynard in Grindleford tackled the Sheffield Half Marathon earlier this month and are now set to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks for the first time as part of a year of energetic fundraising for Bluebell Wood.

A recent winner in the Best Loved Hotel Awards, the boutique hotel has chosen the hospice as its charity partner for 2018.

Operations manager Hugh Skelton took on his first ever 13.1-mile race when he competed in the Sheffield Half Marathon on 8 April. He will be testing his limits again when he joins team members Santa Frankuse, Charlotte Fawbert, Kate Hickinson, Jaegar Andrew, Luke Wilkinson, Connor Maltby, Ryker Young and Gavin Milligan to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

The hotel will be holding events throughout the year in support of Bluebell Wood, including a fashion show on 15 June that will include stalls, raffle and a meal for guests.

The idea to support Bluebell Wood came about after Community Fundraiser for North Derbyshire, Lucy Rathbone, gave the hotel some Bluebell Wood teddy bears and copies of its Golden Miles book to sell to guests. All proceeds from the toys and book, which features six circular walks through Derbyshire villages, go to the charity.

Charlotte Fawbert from The Maynard said: “After meeting Lucy we did some research into Bluebell Wood and decided to pick it as our 2018 charity. It’s local to us and smaller than most national charities. We want to give our full support and play our part in helping families facing the toughest of times.

“None of us has completed anything like the Yorkshire Three Peaks before, but any aches or blisters will be more than worth it if we can raise valuable funds for Bluebell Wood. We’re hoping that friends, family and guests will back us on our journey by sponsoring us, coming along to our events or by buying a Bluebell Wood teddy or Golden Miles book.”

Lucy Rathbone said: “We’re really pleased that The Maynard has chosen to support Bluebell Wood in 2018 and wish them every bit of luck taking on the Three Peaks. Every penny they raise will help our families make special memories together and mean we can offer even more of the services these families need, from music therapy and arts and crafts to counselling and end of life treatment and care.”

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