Archive for the ‘Sykes Charity Work’ Category

Sykes Cottages’ Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge: Final Update

Monday, June 17th, 2013
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A few days ago we told you all about our team of keen walkers and runners who were in the midst of completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.  The challenge sees walkers take on a 23 mile, circular route and summit the three peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.



The 16-strong team left Sykes Cottages HQ in Chester bright and early to travel to the Yorkshire Dales’ village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, where the challenge begins.  The day dawned with perfect walking weather; bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, much to the delight of the walkers!  The group split into three teams and set off…



Just under ten hours later, the final walkers returned to the village and enjoyed a well-deserved rest!

To add to our fundraising efforts, we held a bake sale at Sykes Cottages HQ where lots of delicious cakes were eaten! So far, we have almost raised £1500 to be split between two local charities; Claire House and Children Today which both provide invaluable support and care to children with disabilities and serious illnesses.



There’s still plenty of time to donate online; simply visit our Virgin Money Giving page to support these fantastic charities.


On behalf of everyone at Sykes Cottages, thanks very much!

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Sykes Cottages Take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Today!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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At this very moment the intrepid team from Sykes Cottages are making there way towards the summit of the first peak in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which they are undertaking for charity. The epic 25 mile hike will take the walkers over three towering peaks in the Pennine range, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in support of Claire House and the Children Today Charitable Trust, two worthwhile children’s charities.

Pen Y Ghent - Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Via. Flickr

There is still time to make a donation to the team should you wish to support the walkers and the charities, just click on the link below to be taken to the Virgin Money Giving page to make a secure payment.


Make a Donation to the Sykes Team!


We wish all of the walkers well and look forward to hearing all about the drama and hijinks that happened en route upon their safe return!

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Support the Sykes Cottages Team in the Three Peaks Challenge

Friday, May 10th, 2013
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In only 26 days a hearty team of walkers from Sykes Cottages HQ will be heading into deepest darkest Yorkshire to tackle the local Three Peaks Challenge. This is no walk in the park, it’s an epic 25 mile hike that will take the walkers over three towering peaks in the Pennine range, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Obviously this challenge isn’t for the feint of heart and the team has been training hard for the past month in order to get themselves fighting fit.


Pen-Y-Ghent looms in the distance. Via. Flickr

The Sykes Cottages team aren’t just doing this for the personal challenge, however. The eleven strong team are hoping to raise a boat load of money for two worthwhile charities, Claire House and the Children Today Charitable Trust. To this end, a donation page has been set up so that friends, family, colleagues, and Sykes Cottages customers can make a donation and cheer the team along. Any amount that can be spared will be greatly appreciated, and as the saying goes, every penny counts!


Make a Donation to the Sykes Team!


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these hearty souls from the completion of their mission and all of us who remain back at HQ will be cheering them on from afar.

If you would like to make a donation head over to the donation page to pledge whatever you can spare. Together we can make a difference and raise some much needed funds for these great charities.

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Sykes Cottages Fundraises For Comic Relief!

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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Sykes Cottages have been getting well and truly into the spirit of Comic Relief by fundraising for this fantastic cause. Here at Sykes Cottages HQ we have been raising money for this worthy cause and so far we have raised more than £120 and counting!

For the past two days we have been holding an ever popular bake sale here at Sykes Cottages HQ, with donations to the sale including some fantastic homemade custard slices, a decadent chocolate cherry gateau and a delicious tea loaf. There are plenty of hints, tips and guides available on the Comic Relief website if you fancy holding a bake sale of your own.

Do something funny for money for Comic Relief

Do something funny for money for Comic Relief

As you may already be aware, pop sensation Jessie J will be shaving her head on Red Nose Day. Throughout the office we have been taking part in the Comic Relief sweepstake which asks you to guess which wild and wacky hair style  Jessie J will choose as her favourite on Red Nose Day.

The Sykes Cottages Comic Relief Bake Sale 2013

The Sykes Cottages Comic Relief Bake Sale 2013

We have also been raising money with our very own sweepstake by guessing the date and weight of a pregnant colleague’s immanent new arrival. Our mum to be is very pleased that her unborn baby is already raising money for charity!

Some of our keen bakers

Some of our keen bakers

If our fundraising efforts have inspired you to raise money for Comic Relief there is still time to get involved before Red Nose Day, next Friday 15th March. You can visit the Comic Relief website where there are lots of ideas on how you can ‘do something funny for money’ this year.

So what will you and your friends be doing for Red Nose Day? Why don’t you tell us what you have planned on our Facebook page?

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By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

The Three Peaks Challenge, Take Two!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Three weeks ago ten intrepid Sykes Cottages staff set out on a quest to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge – to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland, and Wales in a 24 hour period. Unfortunately, the team was thwarted by the worst weather the UK has seen in years, including wind, cold, and rain of biblical proportions. Rather than accept this disappointment, tomorrow three courageous men will set out on a bid to complete their intended mission. They will be triumphant in their Three Peaks Challenge!

View from Mount Snowdon

via. missmeyli on Flickr

The first attempt was a long and gruelling one and the second one promises to be no less so. The team does, however, intend to learn from any and all mistakes made in the past – including carrying less gear and avoiding taking any wrong turns at the top of a mountain.

The major differences in this weekend’s attempt will be the smaller team and the decision to climb the mountain in the reverse order, beginning with Mount Snowdon in Wales, then travelling to Scafell Pike in the Lake District, before making the final push to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

The team are still taking donations on their fundraising page and any and all contributions will be gratefully accepted. All of the money will go to support two wonderful local charities, Claire House and Children Today Charitable Trust.

All of us here at Sykes Cottages are wishing Tom, Simon, and Anthony the very best of luck and we look forward to hearing more stories of action and adventure on Monday morning. Second time’s the charm!

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