Ruth’s Christmas Day walking challenge

Ruth Walbank tucks into her lunch with real appetite after her Christmas Day climb of Parlick Pike
Ruth Walbank tucks into her lunch with real appetite after her Christmas Day climb of Parlick Pike
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Student Ruth Walbank came up with a novel way of walking off her Christmas lunch this year – by eating it at the top of Parlick Pike.

Ripley St Thomas Academy pupil Ruth, 15, tucked into her festive feast of sausage sandwiches after a 400 metre climb up the Bowland Fells in aid of St John’s Hospice at Lancaster.

The Christmas Day charity climb, which she completed with her dad, Chris, a mountain leader and mum Nancy was made in memory of her uncle Fran Biley who died from cancer last year.

Ruth said: “A close family friend died in St. John’s a few years ago and I remember the special care they gave her.

“Last year, my uncle died from cancer and I know how important the hospice where he lived was in his care.

“It’s not just the person who is sick that needs support, it’s their family too.

“So I wanted to make this Christmas fundraiser something special.”

The sponsored walk was all part of a Christmas charity week planned by the school to help raise funds for local causes.

Ruth set a target of raising £200 but has almost doubled the total sponsorship.

Ruth added she had wanted to do something memorable for her final year at school and came up with the Christmas Day walk.

She said: “I’d been talking about how Christmas had become a bit of an excuse to eat a lot and sit around doing nothing when actually it’s a chance for giving back and helpingthose more unfortunate and that’s how the idea came about.”

The family set off at 11am on the festive climb with their picnic, party hats and crackers. It took them three hours to complete the trek.

Ruth added: “We had been a little worried after the weather leading up to Christmas but the sun was shining and altogether was a stunning day. The views from the top were just amazing and we couldn’t have hoped for a better day.”