Friends take on Cleveland Three Peaks for autism charity

Hayley Birkbeck, Jessica Greenwood and Sam Ford completed the challenge on Saturday.

Three Richmond friends have raised almost £1,000 for charity by walking the Cleveland Three Peaks.

Hayley Birkbeck, Jessica Greenwood and Sam Ford completed the challenge on Saturday in aid of the North East Autism Society.

The friends walked in support of Hayley’s eight-year-old son Jack who has severe and profound learning disabilities.

Sam said: “We hope that one day his family might be able to access some well needed rest bite care from the charity.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have sponsored us.

“So far we have raised over £900. 24 hours of rest bite care can cost in excess of £500 so the money raised will go along way to supporting families who have children just like Jack.”

Sam said the route was planned and guided by another local charity The Big Smile.

“We set off from Guisborough Rugby club and walked to Roseberry topping, onto Hanging stone, followed by Highcliff Nab.

“It was a ten-mile walk with incredible views, the weather was on our side which made it all the more enjoyable.

“It was such a great day, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was amazing to see some many people come together to support such a great charity for a great cause.”

The North East Autism Society provides support, education and specialist care to autistic children and help their families.

You can still sponsor the friends here.