Trio’s Ribble Way trek in memory of tragic climber Martin

Walkers (from left) Paul Mercer, Katy Hickling and Stewart Hickling on their 60-mile trek (s).
Walkers (from left) Paul Mercer, Katy Hickling and Stewart Hickling on their 60-mile trek (s).
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Three intrepid walkers set off to tackle a 60-mile walk in three days, and did it in just two!

Paul Mercer, Katy Hickling and Stewart Hickling walked the Ribble Way from its source near Ingleton to Longton, Preston, in memory of their friend Martin Peel, the Billington climber who died in a Lake District accident in March.

Martin’s widow Theresa and helper Kevin Shepherd supplied them on the way with food, hot drinks, dry clothes and encouragement.

Theresa said: “They did not give up and even though they were wet, cold and full of blisters they completed it.

“I would like to say thank you to all the people who sponsored this mental challenge and thank you to the walkers and Kevin for this money raised on behalf of my darling Martin.

“Not a moment goes by with us feeling his loss and the huge gap we have to fill without him. I think he was with them every step of the way.”

Together they raised more than £1,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance, which tried to save Martin after he fell at Walker’s Gully, Ennerdale.

A bingo night and raffle at St Michael and St John’s Catholic Club, Clitheroe, also in memory of Martin, was a sell-out and raised more than £2,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance, North West Air Ambulance and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue.

Theresa said: “It was all organised by Elaine at Booth’s where Martin worked, and by Carol, Sam and Kathryn at Boots, where Martin’s mum used to work. The club did a great job decorating the room in air ambulance colours.”