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Prison staff prepare for gruelling charity challenge
IT is a challenge which will put anybody’s physical and mental fitness to the test and Monster Supplements never shy away from supporting those who push their physical limits!
Fourteen staff from HMP Humber in North Cave are gearing up for a gruelling four-day challenge to raise money for Dove House Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.
The officers will begin their challenge with the Yorkshire Three Peaks on May 15th, followed by kayaking Lake Windermere on day two and cycling coast to coast on days three and four.
Mark Harling, Physical Education Officer at HMP Humber, which now incorporates former Everthorpe and Wolds Prisons on one site, said: “Everyone is doing quite a lot of training and have been out a few times already, Walking, Cycling. However the Kayaking has proven difficult. Each event is testing in itself but to do all three consecutively is quite a challenge and something that has proved difficult to train for.
“Some of the Team are accomplished walkers and cyclists. However, not so many have even sat in a kayak. But it’s a Team event and we are aiming for everyone to complete the challenge as a Team.”
The prison officers hope to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, covering around 24 miles in less than 12 hours on day one.
The Team will then move on to Lake Windermere to kayak around 10.5 miles, which is the equivalent of half of the English Channel, or 672 lengths of a swimming pool on day two.
Days three and four will see the team cycle around 140 miles coast to coast from Whitehaven to WhitleyBay.
They chose Dove House Hospice, as the charity provides specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses in Hull and the East Riding.
Prostate Cancer UK was chosen due to the fact that a number of the Prison Staff both past and present have been affected by the condition.
Mark said: “Through some support and each Team Member contributing £150 for the privilege we've managed to cover many of the costs of running such an event but now, we just need to raise some much needed sponsorship money for these worthwhile charities.”
Dove House Hospice offers specialist palliative care to adults with life limiting illnesses. There is no charge for any of the services provided and anyone from Hull and across the East Riding can be referred to the Hospice for care. All our care is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and their families.
This specialist care is given through a Day Therapy Unit, an in-patient unit with 20 beds, social work teams, as well as an education department. This community service survives, in the main, on voluntary funding from the local and business communities and £6.1 million is required every year to maintain and develop its specialist care services.