If you've ever considered doing something wacky to raise money for our charity, then why not take a leaf out of Gordon Hull's book?

Back in May, the retired local government officer decided to climb Everest - without stepping outside the UK.

Climb every mountain

How? Well, he signed up to do what's called the Everest Anywhere Challenge, an idea from Trail magazine. Gordon pledged to take on a series of climbs totalling 29,029 feet, the equivalent of the world’s tallest peak, to raise money for Children North East, and this week he made his final 129 feet with an ascent on Penshaw Hill – home to the famous Penshaw Monument and reputed lair of the Lambton Worm!

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As temperatures soared to 28C (82F), the great grandfather from Bearpark, Durham, laced up his walking boots for the last leg of his Everest Anywhere Challenge.

It’s been tough at times and I’ve had to make changes to my original plans because of the changeable weather in the Lake District but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve met some great people along the route, some of whom went on to sponsor me as did the whole community of Bearpark which I’m really grateful to.

Starting out on May 13, Gordon did his first climb up Walla Crag (1,243 feet) by the side of Derwentwater in the North Lakes. The next day he completed the Coledale Horsehoe, ticking off six Wainwrights along the route.

As part of his challenge, which he completed over 14 days, he also took on the might of Cumbria’s Skiddaw (twice) and Blencathra. Smaller peaks included Killhope Law in the North Pennines and the Shunner Fells in Swaledale. He also celebrated his 77th birthday half-way through on May 24.

£1500 to improve the lives of children and young people 

This week Gordon handed over a very generous cheque for £1,500 to Children North East which works with children, young people and their families to help them grow up to be healthy and happy. Gordon chose this charity in particular because of the mental health support offered by its Young People’s Service.

Carol Taylor, senior fundraiser for Children North East, said she was really grateful to Gordon for choosing our charity. 

At 77 years young he’s a great inspiration to anyone who might be thinking of doing a sponsored sporting challenge for us. We rely on the generosity of fundraisers like Gordon to help raise awareness and much-needed unrestricted income for our charity.

If you'd like to learn more about taking on a fundraising challenge or event for us, why not have a look at our fundraising ideas page 

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