STAFF from a Yorkshire estate agency have adopted 20/20 vision with a difference to scale new fund-raising heights for its charity of the year.
Linley & Simpson is marking its 20th anniversary by setting itself the challenge of hiking 20 miles across 20 Lake District peaks while raising £20,000 to support the work of Martin House Childrens Hospice at Boston Spa..
Now its foot-sore staff are in training for a very different logistical feat in their race against darkness to complete what is largely the Patterdale Horseshoe route in just one day.
As part of its 20 Twenty challenge, they will take in Arnison Crag, Birks, St Sundays Crag, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Little Hart Crag, Middle Dodd, Red Screes, Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street, Kidsty Pike, High Raise, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, Rest Dodd, Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes all of which are designated Wainwright fells.
Led by founders Will Linley and Nick Simpson, the team includes Danny Tasker, Martin Elliott, Andrew Everett, Katie Radcliffe, Eileen Cahill, Mark Sheridan, Neil McGroarty and Paul Bridgeman with Mark Christopher and Emily Wilkinson acting as support staff on the ground.
They will be guided on their challenge, which has been set for Wednesday June 7, by experts from the Lake District Walker company.
We have been involved in some tough charity challenges over the past decades from the Tough Mudder army assault course to taking part in the Brownlee brothers triathlon but this is our most ambitious to date, said director Will Linley.
It will be a gruelling day not for the faint-hearted and will involve around 15 hours of non-stop trekking, breaking only for refreshments.
As well as marking our own 20th birthday in business in a positive way, it also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Martin House and the amazing work its own team of staff and volunteers carry out day in, day out, to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families across the whole region.
We hope it will crown the end of our year of support for the hospice with the highest amount we have ever raised for a good cause in 20 years.
When Linley & Simpson first opened its doors, it launched with two offices and just 6 staff. The average house price was £62,000, beer cost less than £1.50 a pint, and Yorkshires very own Chumbawamba was topping the charts with Tubthumping.
As a home-grown Yorkshire success story it has developed into a network of 11 branches (Leeds city centre, Roundhay, Horsforth, Chapel Allerton, Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby, York, Ilkley, Saltaire and Wakefield) and employs a team of over 160 people.
You can support the team in our 20 Twenty quest to raise £20,000 for Martin House by visiting our dedicated JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LinleyandSimpsonMartinHouse