Sheffield charity organises Peak District walk to raise funds for those ‘living on the edge’

A Sheffield-based organisation is organising a sponsored hike in Derbyshire to help those in need in Nepal.

The sponsored walk, created by PHASE worldwide, will take place on 22 April, across two routes in the Peak District national park.

Dr Dilys Noble, a trustee of the group from Sheffield and former GP, who will be attending the hike, explained the aim is “walking all the Derbyshire edges to raise money for those who are on the edge of society in Nepal”.

The two routes vary between a standard walk of 12.5 miles and the more challenging 23 miles, both beginning at Ladybower Reservoir and ending in Hathersage.

The longer route consists of nine edges in the Peaks, including Curbar and Baslow Edge, while the shortest route includes two – Derwent and Stanage.

Previous events have involved climbing Ben Nevis, and the group aims to hold another fundraising concert on 1 September, at St Mark’s Church in Broomhill.

The group hopes to use the money raised from the walk to help fund its projects in Nepal.

These focus on “improving the health, education and livelihoods of the communities” that they work with in areas such as Gorkha, Humla, and Mugu in Nepal.

PHASE worldwide, founded by a group of GPs in Rotherham in 2005, provides aid to districts with low food-security and inequality; with an emphasis on helping the communities achieve self-empowerment through practical help.

As part of its work, the organisation sends GPs for a two-to-three-week period to remote villages in Nepal to help train nurses who usually have limited assistance.

The group treated 46,181 patients in 2018 and other health projects place an emphasis on improving basic health services for people in those areas.

Dr Noble, who became interested in such work after experience in a remote mission hospital in West Africa, said that it is ‘great experience’ for the doctors who get to mentor nurses in Nepal.

Their work is solely focused in Nepal currently but has hopes to expand to further areas in the future.

Anyone who wishes to join the hike can apply at or contact Dr Noble at 07817 651178.

Written by Madison Rolfe

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