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Wainwright warriors raising cash in memory of baby Joey

TWO woman, dubbed the Wainwright Warriors, are more than a week into their challenge of climbing all 214 Wainwright peaks in the Lake District.

The incredible challenge aims to raise money and awareness for the memory of Sophie Cox and Jennie Pearce-Roberts' nephew, Joey Bedford, who tragically died in June aged just 10 months.

The women, from Great Ayton, came up with the challenge as a way of focussing their energy on something positive after his death, and have now helped to raise more than £13,000 which will be donated to a suitable cause to help other families grieving for children.

Miss Cox and Miss Pearce-Roberts set off to the Lake District on Thursday, August 6.

The Northern Echo:

The first day of the challenge saw them taking in 13 miles of climbs of Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, and Dow Crag of the Coniston Fells.

Day two included Pike of Blisco, Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, Esk Pike, and Rossett Pike – 12.5 miles from Head of Langdale.

The sheer volume of climbs means the women will have to climb more than 10 fells on some of the days; will often have to camp in the wild; and will be governed by the wind on some days if it too strong to climb to a high altitude.

Miss Pearce-Roberts said: "Our first day started out at Coniston. We didn't sleep too well in our camper van the night before, I think due to a mixture of nerves and anticipation.

"Our first climb was through thick cloud but the sun came out for most of the day. As we are walking for more than eight hours a day often we have to make sure we do a proper recovery on a night, so we have our recovery leggings, and foam rolling, and make sure we eat a decent meal.

"We've had some really hot weather while we've been here, which has made it quite tough going at times. The sweat has been dropping off us and the sun cream dripping in our eyes!"

Miss Cox added: "The weather has been very muggy. It has been taking us a bit longer than we thought on some of the climbs because it was so hot. But we can't complain because it is so beautiful and we are so lucky to be able to do this amazing challenge."

They have now climbed more than the height of Mount Everest – and still have three weeks to go.

To find out more or donate, visit babybee.org, for links to their Just Giving page and social media updates.

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