A team of teaching staff is celebrating after successfully completing a demanding nine-mile sponsored walk in aid of charity.

The deaf studies tutors and an interpreter from West Cheshire College in Ellesmere Port all took part in the five-hour challenge to raise money for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, the only charity for patients and research at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on the Wirral.

The ‘difficult’ route across the Llanberis path in the Snowdonia National Park tested the adventurers who are all novice walkers but their achy legs were well worth it as the triumphant team raised just over £1,600 for the charity.

'Fantastic support'

Andrew Mayers, deaf studies tutor at the college, said: “The charity is very close to my heart as I attended The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre two years ago after been diagnosed with cancer.

“Although this was a really difficult time for me, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, I found out that my partner and I were expecting our baby.

“I am now in remission and have a beautiful daughter who will turn one this month. She is such a wonderful gift and I wanted to do something in return to show my appreciation.”

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Andrew continued: “My colleagues Mike Ritchie and Jeremy St Lawrence would just like to thank everyone who was involved for their fantastic support and for making the walk such a great success.”

Elspeth Wilson, fundraising manager for the charity, added “We’re delighted to hear such a happy ending to Andrew’s story and it’s amazing that he and his friends have gone the extra mile to raise such a fantastic amount. The money they’ve raised will help the hospital to provide the best possible care and fund vital research into new treatments.”