TWO women from Barnsley have been completing an array of challenges – including climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on their stairs – to raise money for charity during lockdown.

Bekki Priestley, 34, and 39-year old Hannah Kendall both had fundraising events that were planned for this year that had to be cancelled due to lockdown restrictions.

Bekki, of Longfields Crescent in Hoyland, said: “We were going to do some events this year, I was supposed to be doing the London Marathon and Hannah was taking her black belt in karate, but obviously that’s been cancelled.

“We wanted to do something together so that we can keep up our motivation, and we thought we may as well raise some money for our charities at the same time.

“We didn’t want to do things that we usually do, we both wanted to push ourselves and come out of our comfort zone with everything we’re doing.”

The pair are raising money for Ashgate Hospice and Phab Kids, and have thought of various challenges to help fundraise for them.

“We’ve done all sorts so far, we’ve done a half marathon in the garden, a full marathon in the house without leaving it, and even climbed Mount Snowdon and Everest by going up and down our stairs,” Bekki added.

“It was over 3,000 flights of stairs for the Mount Everest challenge which we completed just a few days ago, and that’s where people really started to notice about what we were doing.

“It was a fairly slow start when it came to receiving donations, but we’ve seen a rise since the Everest section and we’re hoping to do more in the future as we have plans to row the Channel.”

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