Karen Buckley challenged herself to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for the ME Association and she smashed them all at the end of May.
She’s pictured at the top of Ingleborough – having walked and climbed 25 miles in just over 12 hours. Her inspiration was her younger sister Julie Braithwaite, who has had M.E. for about five years.
Karen and her friend Natasha Barber, who was walking to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease, also scaled the peaks of Pen-y-ghent and Whernside to round off the challenge to their satisfaction. The mountains have a combined height of 7,063ft.
“The weather was very good to us – only a small, isolated shower but otherwise dry and cool. Perfect conditions”, said Karen.
Karen, from Buntingford in Hertfordshire, told us how sister Julie often has to rely on mobility aids and regularly spends days in bed because the smallest exertion can leave her mentally and physically exhausted.
Julie is a classroom teaching assistant and, fortunately, her school have been incredibly supportive and let her reduce her working hours to two afternoons a week. If you would to support Karen’s challenge, please click below