Woodthorpe Hospital Physiotherapist Emma Parks is aiming to conquer three of Britain’s highest peaks for charity this summer.
Emma is teaming up with four other fundraisers to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge – which involves climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours.
The enterprising hospital employee is raising cash for Cancer Research UK and Parkinson’s UK by completing the challenge in a race against the clock.
Emma and the team will start off mountaineering up Ben Nevis in Scotland around midday on Friday 22nd June.
They will be driven south by chauffeur Richard Wilson to tackle Scafell Pike in England’s Lake District later that day before travelling to Wales to conquer Snowdon in their final challenge.
One of the team taking part is Amanda Jalland, a former Woodthorpe Hospital patient who had both hips replaced and attended the hospital for physio following her surgeries where she was treated by Emma.
Emma also had a hip replacement at Woodthorpe five years ago and was asked to join in with the Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser.
This will be the first time she has attempted a challenge like this since she had the operation.
The pair will team up with Felicity and Fran Wilson and NHS Pharmacist Elizabeth Jameson to complete the challenge.
There was originally a sixth team member, the inspiration behind the idea after her dad passed away from Parkinson’s disease, who was due to take part but unfortunately she was diagnosed with cancer in January so can’t train for the challenge.
Her treatment is going well and she is due to meet the rest of the team at the top of Snowdon.
Emma, 50, of Mansfield, said: “I have done a few practice runs and I’ve climbed up Snowdon and the team are doing Scafell Pike next month as a practice.
“This will be a lot different because there’s not much recovery time between each peak other than the car journey between them.”
There were due to be six people taking part but one team member has just started cancer treatment which is why the group are raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Emma and the team are tackling the challenge in the height of summer on one of the longest days of the year.
She added: “We are sure it will definitely be our longest day and it will be very tiring but we all excited about taking part.
“We want to raise as much money as we can for these two wonderful charities and we will be so grateful to anyone who is able to make a donation.”