Truro parishioner to tackle seven peaks for charity
Sue Pettit, a member of St George’s Church in Truro, is hoping to raise £500 for Christian Aid by taking part in its 70 Munros Challenge in September.
Marking Christian Aid’s 70th birthday a year after her own, Sue is making hard work of her celebrations by aiming to climb seven Scottish Munros for the charity.
Keen mountain walkers Sue and husband Barry will join hundreds of others in the 70 Munros Challenge running from February to October during which time sponsored walkers aim to raise a total of £70,000 for Christian Aid by reaching 70 peaks of over 3,000ft.
Ardent Christian Aid supporters Sue and Barry will travel all the way to the Highlands to tackle seven Munros along the South Glen Shiel Ridge in just one day on September 19.
Sue said: “Being 70 when I saw the 70 Munros Challenge advertised and as a keen mountain-walker always willing to take on a challenge for Christian Aid, I knew Barry and I had to do it.
“We have heard that the views – weather permitting – are incredible and thankfully there is minimal descent between the peaks along the section we have chosen. Having said that it’s certainly going to be a challenge and we are getting lots of training in along the Cornish coast path and on Bodmin Moor.
“Christian Aid was founded the year after I was born, in response to the refugee crisis in Europe in the wake of WW2 and it has done incredible work ever since to tackle poverty and tackling inequality and injustice.
“As I walk and climb I’ll be thinking of the people we know through Christian Aid for whom walking and climbing are part of everyday survival.”
Sue and Barry’s challenge will cover 16.75 miles and a combined climb of 1818 metres in a challenge that will take up to eleven hours.
The couple, members of St George’s parish church in Truro, have previously supported Christian Aid by holding coffee mornings, soup lunches, house to house and street collections as well as campaigning on issues such as debt relief, tax justice and climate issues With their seven at 70 challenge they are hoping to raise £500. To support them visit www.justgiving.com/sueandbarrypettit/