Sheffield hospital staff set for epic Icelandic trek for charity

Lynsey Holmes, far right, with colleagues.

Lynsey Holmes, far right, with colleagues.

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A group of hospital workers are set for an Icelandic adventure with an epic trek across a volcano, hot springs and lava fields - all in the name of charity.

The eight workmates at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are set to embark on a 36-mile trek over three days in Iceland in a bid to raise £22, 000 for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

The intrepid walkers - who are going under the name Red Hot Chilly Trekkers - will have to traverse rocky volcanic plains and camp out in changeable weather conditions such as rain, wind, snow and hail stone.

One of the group, Lynsey Holmes, decided to organise the trip while feeling inspired after a completing a series of other fundraisers.

The 38-year-old, of Heeley, said: “I did the Sheffield Half Marathon last year and a skydive in June, both for the hospitals charity, and I was looking around for another challenge to do.

“Then funnily enough I saw an advert for the Iceland trek on Facebook and it looked really amazing.

“So I put a call out for anyone interested in joining me and lots of people responded.

“Some of us are fitter than others, but we are going to have to get stuck into the training.

“We have started a walking group each Wednesday evening around Damflask and Ladybower reservoirs and places like that so that should help at least.”

The mum-of-one added: “We are all really looking forward to it so much.

“None of us have been to Iceland before and it looks incredible.

“We are certain it will be a huge challenge - probably the biggest thing any of us have done - but we can’t wait.

“We will have memories to cherish forever from it. It is something none of us will ever forget I’m sure.”

Lynsey will be joined by Jane Mackenzie, Claire Gummer, Rebecca Cain, Paul Edwards, Theo Pearson, Joanne Pryor and Debra Wilkinson - all of which work in the diagnostic cardiology department at the Northern General and the Royal Hallamshire hospitals.

They will be flying out to Iceland on July 5 next year to take part in the Icelandic Lava Trek organised by Charity Challenge.

The route promises to take in ‘thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers’ and concludes with a visit to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon.

They hope to raise around £22, 000 between them.

Lynsey said: “We work in the department every day so we see first hand how important fundraising is.

“It will allow us to get in new equipment and improve services even further for our patients.

“The event organisers have set us a minimum target to raise and we have rounded it up to £22, 000.

“We have only got about £500 so far but we have only just started really.

“We have some events coming up in the lead up to the big charity challenge so it would be really great if people could get behind us.”

A fundraising bowling night is being held at Rotherham Superbowl ON Thursday, July 28, from 7pm to 11pm.

There will be unlimited bowling and a raffle prize draw. Tickets are £12 each.

There will be a ladies night with live entertainment at Crookes Social Club on Saturday, October 1, from 7pm onwards.

Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

All tickets are available from the diagnostic cardiology unit at the Northern General Hospital.

For more information about the trek visit http://redhotchillytrekkers.simplesite.com/ and to donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/redhotchillytrekkers