Ollerton rugby stars will walk three peak challenge

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Members of Ollerton Rugby Union Football Club will swap their rugby boots for walking boots as they attempt the Three Peak Challenge for charity.

That is no easy task for 17 men weighing in at least 14 stone said Martyn Hempsall, who will be participating in the group’s August bank holiday challenge.

The club aim to support the Chad’s life-changing campaign to raise £300,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance as possible as a thankyou for the help they received when one of their players broke his leg during a match back on Boxing Day in 2011.

Mr Hempsall said: “We have had first hand experience of the good work the air ambulance do and so we wanted to give something back. It was amazing how quick they got to us.

“Climbing Three Peaks in 24 hours will be a very difficult challenge for all of us as we are new to this sort of sport and its no easy feat for men weighing in around 15 stone.”

The money raised will go towards the Chad’s ambitious air ambulance campaign and also help to extend the club’s youth development.

The team will climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. The three peaks are Snowden in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Mr Hempsall added: “We have done cycling challenges for charity before but this is the first time we have done a walking challenge. If someone falls behind we will all club together to get them through it.”

The service first began operations in Lincolnshire in April 1994.

It currently carries out around 300 rescue operations in Nottinghamshire each year.

The charity is based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln, and unaffected by road congestion, country roads, or road works. The Helicopter can reach any destination in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in just 19 minutes.

Donations can be made by cheque, made payable to LNAACT Chad campaign and sent to Unit 2 Chase Park, Daleside Road, Nottingham, NG2 4GT.

Card payments can be made by calling 01522 548 469 using Chad campaign as your reference.

If you have a fundraising story or can help our campaign in any way, contact Stephen Thirkill on 01623 450292, via Twitter @StephenThirkill or email stephen.thirkill@chad.co.uk.

If you have a message of support for our campaign, get in touch via Twitter using the hashtag #AirAppeal