TTE Technical Training Group students and staff took on a gruelling challenge to raise an impressive £2,694.50 for the male assessment unit at The James Cook University Hospital.
The 22 students, together with five members of staff and two support staff from the Middlesbrough-based training organisation, pulled on their hiking boots to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Hiking a distance of 26 miles, the group of current and former staff and trainees took on three of Yorkshire’s highest peaks, Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Inglebrough.
The challenge was the latest in a long line of annual charity walks organised by TTE staff Bernard Whiles, Rory McIntosh, Jeff Stephenson and their former colleagues, Dave Dickinson and Ted Hardwick.
Over the past seven years, the annual charity walks have raised in excess of £17,500, which has been presented to a number of local charities and good causes.
This year their efforts have been donated to the male assessment unit (Ward 1) at James Cook – a unit that can often be overlooked when it comes to fundraising despite seeing more than 900 patients a month.
Ward manager Hilary Whiles said: “Our aim is to get people onto specialist wards so we only see each patient for about six hours which means we can sometimes get forgotten about when it comes to fundraising.
“This generous donation from the staff and trainees at TTE will be used for a number of projects on the ward including the creation of a relatives’ room. We deal with a lot of sudden illness so relatives are often in shock and this will help us create somewhere nice for them to go.”
Bernard Whiles said: “Our charity walks have always proven to be an excellent way to encourage team work between our trainees and the staff at TTE. They have become a fixture in the TTE calendar and we even get interest from people who used to attend or work at TTE who are still keen to take part.
“The Three Peaks Challenge was extremely tough, but everyone managed the walk inside the target time of 12 hours and, more importantly, we raised money to support the fantastic work at James Cook.”
Steve Grant, Managing Director of the TTE Technical Training Group, said: “We are very proud of the effort put in by our staff and students to raise this money for the male assessment unit. We encourage our trainees to engage with the local community and the annual charity walks are an excellent way to do this while supporting important local causes.”