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Cycling enthusiast takes on ‘Everesting’ challenge

Earlier this month, local cyclist, Daniel Taylor  took on the Everesting challenge and raised over £3,000 for Springhill.

Everesting has been described as ‘the most difficult climbing challenge in the world’. Those taking on this ‘brutally hard, yet fiendishly simple’ challenge pick the hill of their choice and complete repeats of it until they have climbed 8,848 metres, the height of Mount Everest.

Daniel’s bike ride took place in one day over Blackstone Edge, near Littleborough. 

Trainee doctor Daniel, from Rochdale, is a former volunteer at Springhill Hospice. He said, “I attempted this challenge last year and after 17 hours of riding had to stop as my knees couldn’t take the strain. But I refused to give in this time and with the added motivation of raising money for such a worthwhile cause, I was determined to succeed. I have been training all year for this, racking up over 2,200 miles of riding in the last five months.”

He went on, “Springhill Hospice is a cause particularly close to my heart. Whilst studying for my A-Levels, I volunteered at the Hospice for over a year and in my current role as a medical student, I have gained further insight into the valuable services hospices provide. They rely on public donations and in the wake of Covid-19, this support is needed more than ever.”

Springhill’s Community Support Fundraiser, Barbara Lloyd, said, “At Springhill we rely heavily on donations from members of the public and our local community. The number of events and fundraising activities that have been postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19 has had a huge impact on this and we are working hard to find new and exciting ways to fundraise so we can ensure the continuation of the high level of care Springhill is known for, both now and in the future. The Everesting challenge is a fantastic example of how this can be done.”

Barbara went on, “This is such a difficult time for everyone, for so many reasons, and we are incredibly grateful to Daniel, and our many other supporters and fundraisers, for the wonderful ways they have found, whether at home or with virtual events online, to continue providing their valuable support.”