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Garston siblings complete toughest challenge 

 Published on: 5th June 2019   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three generations of the same family climbed one of the UK’s highest mountain last month, raising over £1,000 for charity. 

Siblings, Danny, nine, and Isabella, Six, reached the Snowdon summit in three hours and 40 minutes accompanied by their mum Jane and nan, Anne, who turned 70 in February. 

Mum, Jane Docherty, revealed to GarstonNews that they chose Peace Hospice Care (PHC) because it was close to the family’s heart. 

She explained: “I’ve always raised money for them (PHC). I have done many charity events for them – I have hired out restaurants, quiz nights in pubs and I am a Watford girl so it means more as it is a local charity.

“The charity is also close to our hearts as a close relative sadly passed away there so we want people to recognise the great work they do.”

Jane is no stranger to mountain climbing and was delighted when her children asked if they would join her.

She said: “I was thrilled when the kids asked me. We did quite a lot of training beforehand; we hiked over Dunstable Downs and Ivinghoe Beacon all in preparation for the big day. Our preparation did us well as we completed it in a good time.

“Danny found it really tough but he stayed positive throughout, so did Isabella. As a treat we booked an Airbnb with a hot tub for that night so throughout the hike we kept that in mind and that motivated the kids to keep going.

“The hospice has never had youngsters raise so much money for them, so they invited Danny and Isabella to their presentation event where they were both given certificates for their hard work. 

“At the presentation, Danny and Isabella got to meet and hug Harvey the Peace Hospice Care bear, which they were very happy and excited about.”

Peace Hospice Care is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness by providing care and support in the setting of their choice. 

Peace Hospice Care provides a day care service, inpatient care, hospice at home and supportive care including bereavement support, all free of charge to patients across Hertfordshire. 

Nan, Anne, wanted to join the three musketeers as it was something always on her bucket list, however Anne suffered a minor fall during the hike but luckily left practically unscathed with only a few bumps and bruises. 

The four were also joined by three close friends of Jane. 

Jane said: “I seriously couldn’t have done the climb without my friends Chloe, Coral and Stacey, they really helped us all and I’m extremely grateful. 

Jane has climbed Scafell Pike and last year she climbed Mount Snowdon without her children and raised £460, this year, Jane and her kids raised over £1,000. 

Jane said: “They are over the moon, I am so proud of them. Danny was also asked by his school, Coates Way, to do a presentation on the climb in assembly in front of everyone, he’s very confident so he loved every minute of it.”

Declan Carroll, Chief Executive of Peace Hospice Care, said: “It’s amazing what Danny, Isabella and their family have done – climbing Mount Snowden to raise vital funds for us.  

“We simply could not continue to care for people in our community without the fantastic support we receive from star fundraisers such as Danny and Isabella.  Our heartfelt thanks to them and their family.”    

Jane commented: “I think both kids would definitely want to climb a mountain with me again, Isabella, or my little legs as I call her, she keeps telling me about all the mountains she’s going to climb when she’s older.”

Jane’s plan for 2019 is to take on Ben Nevis at the end of the year, meaning she would have completed all three peaks.   

To contribute to Danny and Isabella’s fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/kidsclimbsnowdon 

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