TWO friends took on an unusual two-kilometre hand-walking challenge for Barnsley Hospital.

Emily Ellis and Lucy Roebuck completed the cumulative walk on Sunday as part of Diabetes Awareness Month, raising £655, over three times their original target.

The money will be going to Barnsley Hospital’s diabetes team to provide more opportunities for the children cared for there to go out on activity days.

Emily said: “It went really well – I was tired after, but it was good.

“I used to work with the diabetes team so I’m always looking for ways to give back.

“The team were recently able to take a number of the children on a fun activity day which was a great success and allowed the children to meet others in the area who also live with diabetes.

“Any money raised will go towards more day trips for the children and help give their parents a well-earned rest.”

A childhood gymnast, Emily saw the challenge as an excellent way to use the skills she learnt in her youth to support those in need now.

“I knew I could do it, but it was still difficult,” Emily added.

“On the day I managed to drag Lucy into it – she had her own history with gymnastics too.”

Jane Mills, charity development manager, said: “It is heart-warming that Emily chose to do this fantastic challenge to support her former patients and their families.

“Well done Emily and Lucy for such a unique challenge.”