Gruelling challenge for hospice fundraisers

From left: fundraisers Sharon Wilson, Alison Howard and Vicky Shipton
From left: fundraisers Sharon Wilson, Alison Howard and Vicky Shipton

Three Whitby colleagues are celebrating 10 years in business – by undertaking a gruelling charity fundraising effort.

The owners of Whitby Insurance will be crawling through mud, squeezing through tunnels, scaling slippery heights and jumping through flames in aid of Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Vicky Shipton and Sharon Wilson, owners of Whitby Insurance, were inspired to take on a Total Warrior challenge with their colleague Alison Howard by the endeavours of local man Kevin Graham.

Mr Graham launched a fundraising campaign for the hospice after being diagnosed with incurable cancer earlier this year and losing three close relatives to the same disease in 2014.

“We wanted to do something special to celebrate our 10 years in business and whenwe heard what had happened to Kevin, we just wanted to help,” Ms Shipton said.

“We saw that Kevin wanted something positive to come from what had happened and we thought this was one way we could help him achieve that.

“We know it’s going to be really hard. It’s a 12km race with 30 obstacles along the way.

“We just hope lots of local people and businesses will support us to help us raise money for Saint Catherine’s.”

Ms Shipton and Ms Wilson took part in a parachute jump for Saint Catherine’s in 2006 and are already planning another fundraising effort for the hospice later in the year.

After their Total Warrior event in June, the duo will be straight back into training for September’s Great North Run.

Donations can be made via the team’s JustGiving page at