SALLY Silsby from Taunton recently set herself the challenge of hiking the Three Peaks Challenge of completing Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Ben Nevis in Scotland.. 

Along with her friends Tanya Hughes, Lisa Chapman and Andrea and Simon Nicholls will be completing the challenge this weekend to raise funds for a selection of charities including World Vision’s Ukraine appeal.

Sally said she is raising funds to support Ukraine.

“In Taunton, there are a lot of Ukrainian refugees. My 11-year-old daughter is friends with a Ukrainian girl.

“I’ve met Ukrainian children and their parents who are struggling and desperate to be back with their families. One of the mums said she’d visited some beautiful places in Somerset but couldn’t appreciate them because she was so worried about her family and friends back in Ukraine.

“I think the Three Peaks is a real challenge and whether we’ll do it in 24-hours or not I don’t know but it’s more important to finish it and to support all of our selected charities.

“I’m a Christian and wanted to do this for a Christian charity and I found World Vision UK on the Disasters and Emergency Committee website. I chose World Vision because of its work with children. I want to support children who remain in Ukraine and those who are leaving.”

Andrea’s husband Simon has completed the Three Peaks a few times. So, the group began to put plans in place to take on the epic challenge.

Andrea and Simon will be doing the challenge to raise money for PSPA – the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD), a condition Andrea’s mother died from.

And the group will also be raising money for Trull Primary School where they all have children in the final year.

Sally says: “I am grateful for the opportunity to do this challenge and for our driver Julian Preece, who will transport us between the mountains.”