ASHBOURNE’S hikers are being invited to sign up for a fund-raising mountain challenge being held in the Peak District this summer.
The Severn Trent’s challenge website will be open for registrations on New Year’s Day and the event is being organised to help raise funds for WaterAid’s lifesaving work in Ethiopia.
Now in its 21st year the mountain challenge offers teams the chance to walk 10, 20 or 30 miles in the Peak District.
Starting at Hope Valley college, teams travel across the Dark Peak area, enjoying the views and breath-taking inclines before descending back to Edale College for refreshments and a prize giving ceremony.
The challenge will take place on Saturday, July 12 and teams of three to six walkers are invited to enter, with teams committing to raising at least £200.
Those who sign up before the end of March can take advantage of an ‘early bird’ offer, which means that registration is just £20 per person, after that date it will be £25 per person.
Severn Trent Water’s community and volunteering manager, Leanne Town, said: “We’re asking motivated teams to make a great start to 2014, by signing up to take part in our mountain challenge.
“The money raised for WaterAid will help people in Ethiopia, who struggle to get access to clean, fresh, drinking water because it is one of the poorest countries in the world.
"The mountain challenge continues to raise a huge amount of money for this deserving cause.
“In 2013, teams raised over £40,000 and the challenge has raised more than £500,000 since it started, helping more than 33,000 people take their first steps out of poverty.
“We’re hoping to make 2014 the biggest year yet.
“As part of this, we’re awarding trophies to the fastest teams whose members each raise at least £21 on their personal WaterAid fund-raising pages before Sunday 6 July 2014.
“So we would encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to start raising money before the big day.”
More information is available online at www.wateraid.org/stmc or by emailing email@example.com