The Duchenne Research Fund’s supporters raised a spectacular £140,000 on their Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
On Sunday 9th July 2017, 43 intrepid hikers from London, Manchester and New York donned their walking boots and waterproofs and braved the challenging Yorkshire Three Peaks: a 40km hike with 1600 metres of ascent in a target time of 12 hours, raising money to support vital Duchenne Research Fund projects.
Despite lack of sleep from the coach journey through the night, and an extremely gruelling day of mountaineering, the team completed the challenge in just over 11 hours, finishing on a high with much needed dinner in the sunshine. As one hiker commented, “The muscles will ache today, but the sense of achievement will last a lifetime…”
As well as taking on a tough personal challenge, the team has raised extraordinary funds to help the Duchenne Research Fund continue its vital work. “I supported this event because Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a horrific disease and needs a cure immediately,” said one hiker. “Watching children and young men suffer from this is heartbreaking and watching parents deal with this nightmare, as a parent myself, does not bear thinking about. A cure must be found and the DRF is playing a vital role in this breakthrough.”
We now look forward to working with our trustees and Scientific Advisory Board to identify vital projects that will benefit from these funds. A huge thank you to all our hikers for their incredible efforts, and a special thank you to Suzanne Weiniger of Active Thinking who trained our DRF athletes!
Here’s hoping the bruises and aching joints disappear quickly.