Climbing high for Niamh

Police officers taking part in the three peaks challenge
Police officers taking part in the three peaks challenge
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People continue to be inspired by brave Wellingborough youngster Niamh Curry as they carry on fundraising in her name.

Recent fundraising efforts for children with neuroblastoma in memory of the Little Harrowden schoolgirl, who lost her battle with cancer in May, have included a three peaks challenge effort by Northamptonshire Police officers.

PCs Simon Randall, Steve Clark, Nick Sloan, Jon Kilbane, Mike Bellchambers, John Hobbs and Mark Abbott completed the National Three Peaks Challenge in 23 hours and 45 minutes recently.

They climbed Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland after being inspired by the little girl’s story.

PC Randall said: “It was undoubtedly one of the hardest things we have ever done.”

The officers are based at Wellingborough, Mereway and Pytchley police stations.

PC Clark said: “We climbed down Snowdon in one hour and 20 minutes.

“I can safely say I’m glad it is over. Scafell Pike was the worst climb; it was dark, cold and very wet.

“We were all incredibly moved by Niamh’s story and her brave fight against neuroblastoma and we wanted to raise money to help other children with this horrible cancer.”

Donations can still be be made towards their target of £2,000 online at www.justgiving.com/Niamhs-Three-peaks.

Two Earls Barton men have also raised money for the charity by visiting five British Isles capital cities in a London taxi in 24 hours.

Roy Davies and Alan Lineham have also raised money for Niamh’s fund and Northampton General Hospital’s stroke unit.

Mr Lineham said: “We completed our 24-hours taxiathon around the British Isles in 22 hours and 50 minutes. A huge thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way and also to everyone who donated.”

A charity ball, organised in Niamh’s memory, will take place at the Masonic Hall, York Road, Kettering, on November 17.

A three-course meal will be followed by music and dancing.

Xfactor 2008 finalist Daniel Evans will also be performing.

Tickets are £27.50 and are available by calling 07966 594958.