Step up to a walking challenge and raise funds for Francis House.

Hikers are being invited to tackle three of the highest peaks in Cheshire by taking on a walking challenge through the spectacular Macclesfield countryside.

The popular Cheshire Three Peaks challenge, held annually by Francis House Children’s Hospice, returns on Sunday 23rd June. Francis House is a children’s hospice supporting more than 600 families from Manchester, Cheshire and all over the North West.

From its base in Didsbury, the hospice provides specialist care for children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting conditions in a homely, happy and secure place. A dedicated team of nurses, occupational therapists, play specialists and creative therapists help them live life to the full and offer much needed support, friendship and encouragement to their families.

More than £4.8 million in charitable donations are needed each year to continue to provide crucial services including respite care, day care, home care, sibling support, end of life care and emotional and bereavement support.

The Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge is a 13.6 mile walk across varying terrain through the beautiful Macclesfield countryside, in which walkers take in spectacular views as they climb Cheshire’s three highest peaks – Tegg’s Nose (380m), Shutlingsloe (506m) and Shining Tor (559m). For families and less experienced walkers, there’s the option of a gentler 6.5 mile route, which sees an amble through Macclesfield Forest and past the picturesque Trentabank Reservoir.

Both routes start at Tegg’s Nose Country Park and are fully-flagged providing the opportunity to enjoy the scenery with rest-stop checkpoints for refreshments. On offer is a brilliant opportunity to support a much-loved children’s charity whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

Registration for the event is £22 for the longer route which also includes a packed lunch and £15 for the shorter route. Both routes are free to under-16s with an adult. Route guides and a T-shirt are provided. All walkers are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as they can!

The event has been attracting vast numbers of enthusiastic walkers year-on-year since 2013 and has raised over £95,000 for the hospice.