27 Forces Wives from all across the country and from all branches of the Armed Forces came together last weekend to climb three peeks in Yorkshire in a twelve-hour challenge. On Saturday the 11th of May, the ladies climbed to the summit of Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough; 2153m of ascent, 39.5 km in around 12 hours. The team were accompanied by six guides and had three support staff on the ground.
Our charity was so grateful that the team chose Little Troopers as their charity for the challenge. Commenting on their choice the challenge organiser said “Many of our members have children and have experienced the effect a military life has on them. Little Troopers is such a great charity that has helped so many of our members so we just wanted to give something back.”
All the ladies who took part have a partner in the military. They had travelled from all across the country to do Y3P from Somerset to Colchester to Scotland. There were members from all three services there. Many of the ladies turned up alone and didn’t know anyone prior to turning up but very quickly felt the camaraderie of the FWC and very much part of the team.
Everyone completed the challenge and many of them under the 12-hour limit which was fantastic. The first peak Pen-y-Ghent took the longest. They reached the summit fairly quickly in around 1 1/2 hours but then there is a long long walk down to the check point.
Heather who organised the challenge said: “Most of us had never met before or undergone a Forces Wives Challenge.At the end I was So elated and extremely proud of everyone. Couldn’t believe that everyone completed it – such an incredible achievement.It was great to see so many new faces and I want to thank our support crew, guides and everyone who travelled from near and far to join us. I can’t wait to do all again soon!”
Louise, founder of our charity said: “When people choose our charity for a challenge it is always special but I am really touched by the Forces Wives group. I know that they truly understand the heartache that our little troopers face and why our charity is needed. The money that they have raised will truly help us, thank you so much.”
The team has raised over £2,000 for the charity so far. If you would like to support them direct please visit their fundraising page.