A MOTHER and daughter from Ryedale are gearing up to take on a coast-to-coast walking challenge to support two different charities.

Gill Aconley and her daughter Hannah are preparing for their 192-mile walking task from from St Bees in the Lake District, across the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, then to finish Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby.

Setting off on Thursday, July 22 , the pair, who live in Farndale are aiming to fundraise for two different charities - Saint Catherine’s Hospice and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Gill will be fundraising for the hospice, while Hannah will be supporting the Air Ambulance.

Hannah said: “Between us we are going to turn this into a mini competition to see who can raise the most.

“I chose to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance because the people around us rely on them.

Hannah added: “Living in the middle of the moors, most areas are inaccessible to vehicles, so their service is invaluable to the safety of tourists as well as locals.”

Meanwhile, Gill said she wants to support Saint Catherine’s as a lot of people in their local community have been supported by the hospice - including family members.

“I’d like to help them to continue providing such a lovely service to others who need it - and every penny counts”, Gill added.

The pair have both set themselves fundraising targets of £500 - which they are on their way to reaching. As they travel along their journey, they will be posting updates on their Facebook page, which can be accessed by searching for ‘Hannah’s Coast to Coast Fundraiser’ on the platform.

To support Gill and Hannah's efforts, visit their donation pages at: https://bit.ly/3rgU8EE and https://bit.ly/3z5CBlL

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity was set up in 2000 and with the addition of the second air ambulance in 2007, YAA now operate its own Dedicated Air Desk for rapid dispatch of their helicopters to an incident. Dispatch time is around 2 to 3 minutes and patients are transferred to the nearest major trauma centre, flying at speeds of up to 160 mph.

Saint Catherine's is an adult hospice, based in Scarborough, serving the Scarborough, Ryedale and East Yorkshire areas- with specialist palliative care for adults, with progressive, incurable diseases. All services are provided free of charge, meaning it relies on fundraising to help reach the £5.5million a year it costs to care for patients.