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chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Total funds raised so far
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
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2019 Walk : Chatsworth Challenge
Saturday 18th May 2019, and our sponsored walkers assembled to set out on our 17th annual fundraising walk in and around Chatsworth House in the Derbyshire Peak District. This years event raised another excellent amount of £7,600.00 which takes the accumulated total for all our walks from our first walk in 2003 to £190,864.35.
Every penny of the sponsorship money raised in our sponsored walks goes to the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund, and as in previous years the sum is donated to our four nominated cancer charities.
This year, rather than show photographs of our participants on the walk course, we’ve decided to bring you our ‘Awards Ceremony ‘of the walkers victorious faces as they show off their certificates of completion. Gerard brings you his usual brief notes of the day, and guides you through our certificate recipients. (PL)
amount raised to date after current walk year
Each year we donate specific allocations to the charities we support from the total funds raised from the annual sponsored walk.
This is currently 30% to each of the three main cancer charities, and 10% to the Oesophageal Patients Association.
From Our Charities - 2019
Comments from the Charity Organisations we support
Below is a collection of just some of the many kind comments we have received from the recipient charities we support through the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund. The value of every participant’s work in raising monies for the fund can be readily seen in their thanks.
Copies of all letters we receive from the charities can be seen on our Downloads Page >
Thank you for your very generous donation of £2,280.00. The generosity of supporters like you and the people who take part in your fantastic event for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund enables Cancer Research UK to lead the world in discovering and developing newer, kinder treatments and to get closer to cures.
Local Fundraising Manager
29th August 2019
Thank you so much for raising an absolutely incredible £2,280.00 for Macmillan through the Chatsworth Challenge. Please pass on our thanks also to HSBC for their generous matched funding donation of £2,280.00. Your amazing donation could for example pay for a Macmillan Nurse for over two weeks, and we can't thank you enough for this.
Supporter Donations Team
11th September 2019
We were so delighted to receive your donations totalling £2,280.00. You fundraising efforts are just amazing, and we are so grateful to you supporting Marie Curie Nurses. On behalf of our nurses, and the people and families they care for, we really cannot thank you enough.
17th September 2018
Oesophageal Patients Assc.
We are writing to express our thanks for the sum of £760.00 which you so kindly donated to the OPA, by way of an annual fundraising walk, The Chatsworth Challenge. We are so grateful. Your donation will help us to fight against this dreadful and preventable disease.
12th September 2019
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Your challenge is to turn up, have a great day out, and raise valuable funds in support of our supported cancer charities
Our challenge walks are an annual event over 9 miles or 22 miles in the beautiful countryside around Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. It is open to anyone who wishes to join us. All we require is that you raise sponsorship for our charities, or alternatively pay a £5.00 entry fee if you don’t feel that you can raise sponsor money. Can you take the challenge?
The 9 mile walkers line up for the group photo at the start of their 2019 walk (click to enlarge)
The 22 mile walkers line up for the group photo at the start of their 2019 sponsored walk. (click to enlarge)
22 Mile Starting Line-up
If you take a glance at the clock it looks as though the walkers are all under starter’s orders and ready to go with a whole ten minutes to spare. I could be wrong but in the walk’s sixteen year history I cannot remember that occurring before. As you can see from the dress code, it’s a cool grey morning so maybe the walkers are feeling it, and are pulling at the leash for an early start. The ones
9 Mile Starting Line-up
Although the clock isn’t on view at the start of the 9 mile walk it’s now 11:15 and the day has brightened to some degree and the temperature has risen by a few degrees. Once again we can see a blend of walkers, some who took part in the first walk back in 2003, and others who are taking up the challenge for the first time. It’s good to see the dogs turning out too.
Take a look at the later photographs with the Completion Certificates and you will see how it all turned out. (GM)
The 22 Mile and 9 Mile Starts for the Walkers
The Chatsworth Challenge Certificates of Completion bit...
For the first time since the inception of our annual walk, this year it was our intention to capture a photo of every fundraiser as they received their certificates at the check-in desk in Baslow. Looking at the pictures below I hope you will agree that it was a success.
The sequencing of the pictures reflects the order in which the groups finished their walks, although this, in isolation, doesn’t tell a great deal as the two walks are over two different distances and start at different times.
The event itself is not a race but some people do like to set a fast pace and get back to the finish as quickly as possible, where others like to set a steadier approach and take in everything the day has to offer.
While processing the photographs for the Website we realised that Simon Lockwood
and James Kane had somehow missed out on getting in front of the camera for their photo. Apologies to Simon and James for this unfortunate omission. We’ll make a point of getting you in 2020.
5. Sharon Thornton & Vanessa Proctor. (click to enlarge)
6. Craig Steele, Finlay Steele, Harley Russell, Lucy Steele, Matthew Russell & Sharon Russell. (click to enlarge)
1. Andrew Clark, James Storey, Richard Heptinstall & Sam Pitt. (click to enlarge)
2. Howard Stockdale & Brian Summerscales. (click to enlarge)
Photo 01. First back to base at 13:15 are 22 milers Andrew Clark, James Storey, Richard Heptinstall & Samm Pitt.
Photo 02. Very hot on their heels are fellow 22 mile stalwarts Howard Stockdale and Brian Summerscales.
4. Angela Kennedy, David Longhorn, Mark Spittle & Sharman Plews. (click to enlarge)
3. Clare Mitchell & Martin Reese. (click to enlarge)
Photo 03. Two more 22 mile regulars Clare Mitchell, Martin Reece & Jess the Sprocker.
Photo 04. The first group of 9 milers to reach the finishing line is Angela Kennedy, Sharman Plews, David Longhorn and walk veteran Mark Spittle.
Photo 05. The next two 9 milers are walk regulars, and great friends, Vanessa Proctor & Sharon Thornton.
Photo 06. Two families make up the next 9 milers. Matthew Russell, Sharon Russell, Harley Russell, Lucy Steele, Finlay Steele & Craig Steele.
9. Adam Willis, Lyndsey Bowley & Paul Lukehurst. (click to enlarge)
10. Janine Firmin, Oscar Firmin, Simon Firmin & Stella Mitchell. (click to enlarge)
11. Dean Morley & Eddie Messenger. (click to enlarge)
7. Angela Palmer, Emma Betts, Kerry Prince, Leah Preston. (click to enlarge)
8. Paul Richardson Mackie & Pete Mackie. (click to enlarge)
Photo 11. As we expected, the last two home are veteran 22 mile walkers Dean Morley & Eddie Messenger, who I’m sure will have sampled everything the day has to offer.
Well done everyone! Thank you for turning out and making the event another huge success.
Photo 07. The 9 milers are now coming in thick and fast and at the check-in desk we have Angela Palmer, Emma Betts, Kerry Prince, Leah Preston and a Lakeland Terrier whose name I do not know. (Let’s call him or her, Small Dog in Foreground - that’s a nice name for a dog! Ed.)
Photo 08. Here are two more 22 milers, walk veteran Pete Mackie and his son Paul Richardson-Mackie.
Photo 09. These three welcome newcomers to our event are 22 milers Adam Willis, Lyndsey Bowley & Paul Lukehurst.
Photo 10. All the 9 milers are now safely back and this group is made up of Stella Mitchell, Simon Firmin, Oscar Firmin & Janine Firmin.
Gerard with Charity Representatives, Stacey Rhodes, Rebecca Bramley, and Vikki Bassek (click to enlarge)
The Charity Reps
In recent years our organisation has been working much closer with the representatives of each of the charities we support. During that time I have come to appreciate just how much hard work and dedication they put in to the duties they perform.
They have been a great help to me and, with the exception of the Dave Owens & Frank Goodall Memorial Fund pens, they provide all the merchandise that goes into the ‘goody-bags’ we all like to receive.
Rather than using the postal system (with the exception of The Oesophageal Patients Association which is based in the West Midlands), we now get together each year for the handing over of the donation cheques. This gives us the opportunity to discuss the current year’s event and what improvements could be made moving forward.
It is also presents the perfect opportunity for a photo shoot, so in this picture we have Stacey Rhodes, Rebecca Bramley, a puzzled looking Gerard Mitchell & Vikki Bassek. Hopefully it is obvious who is with which charity.
A big thank you from me to all of you. (GM)
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell
Images : Philip Lynskey: Gerard Mitchell:
Below: The 22 mile walkers have now made it into the marvelous Lathkill Dale which is part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.
Here we see Lyndsey and her dog taking a short break to have their photograph taken alongside one of the largest of the many weirs to be found on this river, a legacy of the woolen industry in years gone by.
Below: Lyndsey has now made it further into Lathkill Dale where the footpath narrows significantly, and she has found a second dog. All three of them seem to be taking things in their stride and the town of Bakewell isn’t too far away now.
Lyndsey and her dog at Lathkill Dale
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Lyndsey and two dogs at Lathkill Dale
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wearing the fur coats definitely are! As always it’s good to see the blend of old faces and new which always makes for a good day’s walking.