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Trio trek across the Peak District to raise vital funds for the NSPCC

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A local trio have trekked over 26 kilometres across the Peak District to raise vital funds for the UK’s leading children’s charity.

Luke Hinchcliffe, Stephen Gould and Mathew Alexander, who work at the O2 store in Buxton and grew up in the Peak District, hiked across 26.7km of rolling rolls on Sunday September 24th to raise £275.80.

The three men took on the gruelling challenge to help support the NSPCC after being inspired by work done by the charity. The NSPCC works with O2 to offer online safety advice to parents via a free helpline and at O2 stores across the UK. During an in-store session, NSPCC-trained ‘O2 Gurus’ explain how to set up parental controls on phones, tablets and PCs, as well as how to make devices safer for children to use.

The trio hiked from Bamford village to Bamford Edge, an overhang of gritstone rock, before stopping for breath-taking views and a coffee on the edge itself. They then descended through the forest, past Ladybower Reservoir and completing their exhausting challenge.

Luke, an O2 Guru, said: “As a father of two myself, the charity and what it stands for are close to my heart, which is why I was so passionate about the hike.

“The hike actually started with one of the most arduous parts. But luckily, it turned out to be a beautiful day and a few kind colleagues were busy donating back home which motivated us climb to the top.

“There were parts where we thought we were going to struggle to complete the hike but we smashed it as a team and are proud of our accomplishment.”

NSPCC Community Fundraising Manger, Claire Campbell, said: “It’s fantastic to see supporters raise so much for the NSPCC. Fundraising is the lifeblood of an organisation like ours and we simply couldn’t function without this brilliant support.

“The phenomenal effort and funds raised will help the NSPCC support vulnerable children across Derbyshire and the UK.”

Thanks to donations, the NSPCC is able to provide 24/7 counselling support to children through its Childline service. Parents after help and support for keeping their kids safe online can call the O2 & NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5002. And the charity, as part of its ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ service, can also teach primary schoolchildren how to recognise what abuse is and how to keep themselves safe through volunteer-led workshops and assemblies in schools across the UK.

For more information about fundraising for the NSPCC, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/do-your-own-fundraising.