A COUPLE from Woodley have successfully raised more than £1,500 for a charity by hiking through a 12-hour mountain climb.

Mark Hagreen and his partner Sally Dickson, both Woodley residents, raised more than £1,700 for Parkinson's UK, a charity devoted to researching the disorder and seeking to find better treatment.

The couple undertook the 12-hour long hike around the Langdale Horseshoe walk, Lake District, in memory of Leslie, Mark's father.

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Mark said: “My father, Les recently passed away with Parkinson’s and dementia.

"I can still feel the pain I felt watching my dad wither away with this dreadful disease. At the end it just wasn’t him laying there.

"The whole Parkinson’s team were all tremendous with the help they gave him. With a little more resource and knowledge, it will prevent someone else’s loved one laying there suffering.

“It was a tough challenge, but we are so glad we’ve done it and very thankful to everyone who has contributed and helped us raise far more than we anticipated!

"We are proud that the money raised will help others like Leslie who are suffering with Parkinson’s."

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Despite the couple getting lost for a few hours due to the foggy conditions, they safely arrived at their intended destination at 7pm, after leaving at 7am on October 5.

Katherine Bartrop, Head of Regional Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’re chasing down a cure and building better support, every day, for people with Parkinson’s. But we can’t do it alone.

“That’s why we’re so grateful to our incredible fundraisers, whose challenges help us provide critical support to the Parkinson’s community and fund vital research projects.

"Without their support, nothing we do would be possible.”

To sponsor the couple, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-hagreen1.